Timeline of Donald Trump's war of words (and trade) with Justin Trudeau

Pauline Gross
June 12, 2018

The United States and Canada swung further on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after US President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".

"The U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade", Trump said in a tweet.

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney predicts Donald Trump's unprecedented diatribe against Justin Trudeau is a passing storm.

Mr Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the U.S. - meaning they export more to the USA than they import - are "taking advantage" of the US.

The tariffs, as well as Trump's noted opposition to multilateralism, his criticism of Canadian trade barriers and suggestion that the union become the G8 with the inclusion of Russian Federation made for a chaotic lead into the G7 summit.

Trump roiled the weekend Group of Seven meeting of industrialized nations in Canada by agreeing to a group statement on trade only to withdraw from it while flying to Asia.

"We should think very carefully about a situation in which we are retaliating against one of our closest neighbors and our best friends and longtime allies", said Dr. Robert Kudrle, of the Humphrey School of Public Policy.

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"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory tariffs measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.

Describing the U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on United States goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

Following the media avail, a reporter asks if Trudeau is disappointed that Trump was cutting out early to prepare for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kudlow, in a separate TV appearance, said Trudeau was "polarizing" and "really kind of stabbed us in the back". Trump's chief economic adviser said the United States pulled out of supporting the communique because the president was enraged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"I don't blame them, I blame our leaders", he said.

Speaking on US broadcaster Fox News, US trade adviser Peter Navarro blamed Canada for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit.

"Justin Trudeau's left eyebrow detached after meeting Trump - so what?" The compromise on that issue resulted in language that said "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

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