Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse United States of attacking Trudeau

  • Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse United States of attacking Trudeau

Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse United States of attacking Trudeau

President Donald Trump talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Women's Entrepreneurship Finance event at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017.

He called Mr Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Mr Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs. According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on USA goods and services but is willing to do so.

In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Kudlow argued that Trudeau's critique amounted to a betrayal of the G7, as well as the U.S.

Trudeau had been saying the same thing for several weeks, but Trump apparently found it reprehensible to repeat the message on the eve of his historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Trump had earlier called Trudeau's statement as "dishonest and weak".

Trump also is set to hold a series of one-on-one meetings, including with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

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.

And German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted Sunday that Trump had partly "destroyed" Washington's trusting relationship with Europe by pulling out of the joint communique.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump said.

Kudlow said the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around".

Mr Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the USA are "taking advantage".

The European Union responded to the attack on Sunday evening, with European Council President Donald Tusk tweeting that Trudeau deserved a "special place in heaven" for organizing the G-7 summit.

According to White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow, Trump's preference now is to actually negotiate with Mexico and Canada separately.

On board Air Force One, an AFP reporter was told that Trump had approved the agreement, only to be told later of the tweets. For instance, Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to cause a drag on USA economic growth and result in a net loss of American jobs.

The report claims, according to press sources, both Canada and Mexico have dismissed the idea of bilateral deals, as have several key United States lawmakers.

"Ultimately that's what you want", Trump said.

Threatening such a change could be another effort to advance the negotiations in order to secure a congressional vote on a revised deal by the end of the year, according to worldwide law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.