P.E.I. premier supports Trudeau trade retaliation

  • P.E.I. premier supports Trudeau trade retaliation

P.E.I. premier supports Trudeau trade retaliation

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would inflict economic punishment on "the people of Canada" because Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke publicly against Trump's tariffs. "I own that, that was my mistake, my words", he said at a Journal conference.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Sunday that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries". Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, tweeted "there is a special place in heaven" for Mr. Trudeau.

Two Trump advisers have used television interviews to attack Trudeau following the summit.

US President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

US President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for a photo at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.

The Canadian lawmakers' solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said, "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated.

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets following the summit on Saturday.

Mr Trudeau said he had reiterated to Mr Trump, who left the G7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the US-Canada border.

Trudeau said that if Trump insisted on slapping steep tariffs on imported Canadian steel and aluminum, Canada would respond with retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports.

Trudeau, at a press conference at the end of the summit, had announced that Canada's retaliatory tariffs against the USA would go into effect July 1.

At his closing G-7 press conference on Saturday, Trudeau called USA steel and aluminum tariffs "insulting" and pledged to proceed with previously announced retaliatory tariffs. In a series of angry tweets, Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" and said the USA won't be taken advantage of. So far in 2018, Canada is also the top export destination for United States goods, with over $98 billion worth of goods going over the border.

Navarro's willingness to walk back his outburst marked a departure from the Trump administration's never-say-you're-sorry approach to political crises. "And frankly, I think that's out of line", Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, told reporters.

"I know it didn't look friendly".