"The Prime Minister pressed the President to reconsider the US tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, and encouraged him to work with Canada to address unfair trade", a Canadian readout of their meeting reads.
President Trump didn't like a question he got at the G-7 summit in Canada over the weekend. The G7 meeting in La Malbaie, Que., which was hosted by Trudeau, marked Trump's first visit to Canada as president.
Ahead of the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a joint press conference with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.
But before the group could sign off on a joint statement of agreement on trade talks, Trump's advisers reportedly insisted that the US would not agree to two key points in the statement related to the environment. "The Prime Minister reiterated it is unacceptable to include Canada in 232 national security tariffs".
He explicitly linked American military spending to the European Union's trade surplus with the United States, with Germany his main target. They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!
"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible. Do Timber & Lumber in USA?"
The prime minister gave some hint of the tensions on show at the gathering in Canada last week as she revealed leaders expressed "deep disappointment" at the United States president's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Not acceptable!" He also posted this tweet: "Farmers have not been doing well for 15 years. Mexico, Canada, China and others have treated them unfairly. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". $800 Billion Trade Deficit. We have not yet seen the communiqué, but we're told by credible sources, such as Chancellor Merkel, that you have reached compromise language on trade and tariffs in this.
Cyrille Simard, the mayor of Edmundston, said the town of 16,000 was built on global trade, which is why he's anxious about U.S. President Donald Trump's increasingly bellicose attitude toward Canada. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".
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For good measure, Trump sent out more tweets the morning of June 8 before his arrival in Quebec - "Canada charges the US a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"
John Brennan, former CIA Director, said that Trump is a temporary aberration, and asked the States' allies to be patient.
In the early going, before retaliation and price rises took effect, the auto tariffs might create some jobs. We're like the piggybank that everybody is robbing. "The Bernie Sanders element of the Democratic Party doesn't stand for free trade".
And former foreign policy advisor to Trudeau, Roland Paris, called Trump "a pathetic little man-child". The prime minister said in comments reported by CTV: "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".
Trudeau promised retaliatory measures against US tariffs on Saturday evening after the summit, a move Navarro called "nothing short of an attack on our political system". "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"
The others mocked the USA president, who withdrew U.S. endorsement to a G7 economic agreement on Sunday. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7".
Later Sunday, Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro piles on - "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".
It all started with him lamenting about how Trudeau was acting hurt and insisting, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not reciprocal".