Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump tariff tirade has MPs united across party lines, urging calm

Trump tariff tirade has MPs united across party lines, urging calm

Trump lashed out at Trudeau, the European Union and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in a series of tweets on Monday in the wake of a divisive G7 meeting in Canada over the weekend.

In a rare show of unity, Opposition Members of Parliament are standing behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise to fight new tariffs from the United States.

Following his departure from the summit Saturday evening, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "Very dishonest & weak" during the summit, drawing criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Arizona Republican Sen.

While the agreement of legislators who are normally opposed on most fronts was remarkable, the anger also spread to pundits, officials, celebrities and ordinary citizens as Canadians vowed consumer boycotts of American goods and brainstormed insults of Trump on social media.

Back home, Canada's Green Party leader flat out called Trump a bully.

In view of threatened U.S. tariffs on vehicle imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big auto fan" and knew how important the industry was.

The U.S. actually has a trade surplus with Canada.

Chief trade adviser Peter Navarro said there's "a special place in hell" for Trudeau and anyone else who negotiates in "bad faith" with Trump.

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Trump has repeatedly threatened to pull out of NAFTA if the agreement is not renegotiated in way that he views as more favorable for US companies and workers.

Ahead of the summit, Trudeau said "we will always defend our supply management system".

Trudeau reiterated it is unacceptable to include Canada in 232 national security tariffs, Xinhua reported.

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in its retaliation to the USA tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.

Trump is in Singapore where he is meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

After Mr Trump had left the summit in Quebec he rounded on Justin Trudeau personally via Twitter, suggesting the Canadian prime minister was "very dishonest and weak" and "acts hurt when called out". And I'll tell you this: "to my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history".

The now-rejected communique acknowledged the importance of "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment".

Mr Trudeau did not immediately respond, but his office said on Saturday after Mr Trump withdrew support for the communique that the Prime Minister had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to Mr Trump before. "But the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face".

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