Facing off with Trump, Trudeau dons the cape of 'Captain Canada'

  • Facing off with Trump, Trudeau dons the cape of 'Captain Canada'

Facing off with Trump, Trudeau dons the cape of 'Captain Canada'

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney says weekend attacks on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by surrogates of U.S. President Donald Trump were unprecedented - but Canadian negotiators shouldn't let the remarks throw them off their NAFTA strategy.

Combine that scenario with the growing "boycott American goods" movement that is developing among G7 nations and there is a real possibility that Trump's tariff tirade could actually send the American economy into recession.

"And I said, 'push him around?'" Trump said, describing his reaction to the press conference.

"We are urging all sides to resolve their differences on trade amicably", she told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

Speaking for the first time about the acrimonious conclusion of the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec over the weekend, Trump said he felt Trudeau had mischaracterized the USA position in a press conference after the summit.

At a news conference after his meeting with Kim, the president said the Canadian leader must not have realized that Trump had televisions on Air Force One, allowing him to monitor Trudeau's news conference at the end of the G-7 summit.

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to USA national security.

At a news conference Tuesday after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau.

Not long after, Trump went on a "Twitter" attack accusing Trudeau of making "false statements", basically calling him a liar and also saying that he was "very dishonest and weak".

Canadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on Monday after his cautious and polite defence of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US President Donald Trump.

Trudeau addressed a news conference after the G7 summit, in which he said that Canada would "move forward with retaliatory measures" starting from July 1 in response to Trump's decision to impose 25 percent trade tariffs on aluminum and steel on its closest allies Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

"I think it's a very fair question", Trump said.

Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada.

"We are all Canadians first and we will stand with Canadian workers and the families impacted by this escalating trade war".

The Trump-Trudeau scuffle represents a pivot away from the once-friendly relationship between the two leaders.

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks". "He should never have said it", Reagan said.