Published: Fri, June 15, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump Has a Go at Allies After Discordant G7 Summit

Donald Trump Has a Go at Allies After Discordant G7 Summit

"Trump addressed the fight with Trudeau during a press conference following the North Korea summit, suggesting average Canadians will pay the price".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the United States decision to slap tariffs against Canada on national security grounds was "absurd" and that her country was moving forward "more in sorrow than in anger" with retaliatory tariffs.

Morocco, which has now failed in five bids to host the World Cup, said their tournament would make $5 billion.

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us", said Trudeau. In reality, the United States has long-standing and very beneficial trade relations with Europe, Japan, and Canada and that worldwide trade from these countries, and indeed from around the world, has inured to the benefit of the United States for generations now.

For Canadians - who don't totally reject their stereotyped image as self-effacing and nice - the eruption seemed completely at odds with their own national temperament. As part of the bid, Trump pledged that those traveling to the United States for the tournament would not be subject to stringent visa restrictions. The big question Canada and the European Union must answer for themselves, now, is whether Trump is an unfortunate temporary anomaly, or merely the first in a coming succession of "America First" presidents. In one message, Trump threatened to impose tariffs on Canada's auto industry.

Trump's economic adviser Larry Kudlow had also accused Trudeau of having "stabbed us in the back" and engaging in a "sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption".

In a tweet from Air Force One Saturday following the G7 meeting Trump attacked Trudeau as "very dishonest and weak".

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On Wednesday Freeland met with the influential U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and addressed the Foreign Policy forum, an influential foreign policy group that named her "diplomat of the year".

That all took place after the G-7 Summit in Quebec this past weekend.

"But here's what the story is: We have been taken advantage of as a country for decades by friends and enemies both", Trump said. Navarro also said Trump attending the G7 in Canada was a "courtesy" to Trudeau and that the President had "bigger things on his plate" in Singapore.

Merkel said the G7 leaders had agreed to review their trade ties and assess the scope of existing tariffs in order to avoid further trade barriers.

Trudeau had said using national security as a justification for tariffs was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

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