Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

  • Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

After President Trump's decision to impose a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imported from the E.U., Merkel warned the E.U. would be following Canada's lead, moving forward with countermeasures against the U.S.

Trudeau said at a news conference Saturday that he was disappointed in the Trump administration's action to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Tusk was referencing a comment made by Trump aide Peter Navarro, who shocked even the US President's Republican colleagues when he called Trudeau a backstabber - over the issue of trade tariffs - and verbally consigned him to "hell" after a G7 meet in Canada over the weekend.

"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was US ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money.

One of them said that the weird aftermath of the G-7 economic summit was a political calculation, meant to show muscularity in advance of the Singapore summit. The dispute weighed on the Canadian dollar on Monday.

"A reasonable, balanced and firm assertion that Canada will not be bullied, and that we will retaliate if the U.S. Administration does not end its attack on our steel exports".

But even conservative and populist figures on the right of Canadian politics, some of them admirers of Trump's brand of politics when it stays south of the border, rallied to their liberal premier. "Canada will not be pushed around by his circus thug bluster", said Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party. "Let's be serious", a statement by the French government said Sunday.

Tensions were already high, as Trump has prompted an unprecedented trade war with our friends a few weeks ago.

Officials have stressed the two countries' extensive trading relationship and pointed out that Canada is the top export destination for 35 US states and that 9 million jobs in the United States depend on trade with its northern neighbor. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, tweeted "there is a special place in heaven" for Mr. Trudeau.

Canada's limited options mean "there is no magical Plan B", said University of Ottawa worldwide affairs professor Patrick Leblond.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting, '" Trump tweeted.

"This has to be a political play".

A viral video of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau giving a press conference appeared to show his left eyebrow "falling off". "But we need to avoid a continued tit-for-tat escalation".

Asked what Trudeau did that amounted to betrayal, Kudlow criticized the Canadian leader for holding a press conference in which he called US tariffs "insulting".

"To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values", McCain wrote.

The motion in parliament, introduced by the opposition New Democrats, rejected "disparaging ad hominem statements by US officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was measured Sunday, saying only that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

One new reason for optimism in Ottawa is a new-found strength in numbers. "@realDonaldTrump announces new tariffs on fake eyebrows!" former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tweeted, also poking fun of the prime minister as "Eyebrowgate" ensued. The countries coordinated closely on their response, Freeland said.

He is flat out lying about trade between the United States and some of these countries, specifically Canada.

Domestically, Trudeau has also received support from all corners, and is backed by all opposition parties.