While many close followers have been left astounded by some of the rhetoric directed toward Trudeau on this trade issue, Political Scientist Hamish Telford with the University of the Fraser Valley expects our prime minister will now adjust his approach in dealing with the American leader.
"Way over the top with Navarro".
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"Canadians.stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands in conflicts from the First World War onward", he said.
The communique - which had appeared to have papered over the cracks that surfaced at the summit - said the leaders of the US, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.
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.
Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix. "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said Saturday.
"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", he wrote in one tweet that then went on to accuse Canada of imposing unfair taxes on U.S. dairy products.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.
Trump took aim at an unspecified news release issued by Canada saying, "they made nearly 100 bln dollars on trade with u.s. (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".
"Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!" In the prime minister's absence the House unanimously adopted a motion to stand against USA tariffs and tirades.
"He really stabbed us in the back".
On CNN's State of the Union, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow labeled Trudeau as "polarizing", "sophomoric", "deceptive", and "amateurish". Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the US duties on metal.
The Canadian tariffs target $264 million in Minnesota products headed to Canada, adding $35 million to the cost of exports.