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

Trump's Twitter rant against Trudeau garners global reactions

Trump's Twitter rant against Trudeau garners global reactions

The tweetstorm is the latest fallout from a bad-tempered G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, in which the President found himself at odds with numerous leaders present, largely over his planned tariffs on a range of goods, including steel and aluminum.

Shortly after the summit ended on Saturday, Mr Trump used Twitter to announce that he was ordering officials not to endorse the G7 communique agreed hours earlier by the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. The source did not say Trump explicitly said he wanted all German-made cars out of the US.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

The European Union on Monday backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after US President Donald Trump branded him "dishonest" and "weak" following a Group of Seven summit of leaders.

Trump and his deputies took issue with Trudeau for telling a news conference at the end of the G7 conference that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point he had made several times before. Hayden added that Trump's actions left him with "a mixture of sadness and, frankly, anger because no country deserves to be treated that way".

Navarro's interview followed another by National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, who called Trudeau's statement as "diplomatic betrayal".

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"He held a press conference and he said the U.S.is insulting". During a Sunday Fox News broadcast just after the G7 wrapped up, U.S. President Donald Trump's top trade adviser Peter Navarro did not mince his words. He complained he was blindsided by Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats during the premier's summit-ending news conference.

Canadian journalist Sean Craig got to the bottom of the brow-troversy by noting that Trudeau's left eyebrow is thicker than the left one, making it look like it slopes differently than his right eyebrow. "I think within the first minute I'll know".

Prime Minister Theresa May has told the UK Parliament the G7 meeting in Canada at the weekend was "difficult". "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union". Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%.

After the G-7 summit, Trudeau hosted a news conference where he said that the Canadian government "did not take" the US tariffs against Canada lightly. "They surely can not be that upset about what the prime minister said", according to a second Canadian official.

In a pointed criticism of Trump's policy, May said that the most effective way of reaping the benefits of globalisation was through multilateral action, adding: "It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners".

They welcomed stranded US travelers after the 9/11 attacks; they share the longest undefended border with the USA; and they have been our allies in the modern global security apparatus that Trump now wants to blow up. While leaders thought Trump may not agree to the climate charter, they had hoped the US would at least consider signing off on the ocean agreement.

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