Canada parliament condemns Trump's attacks on Trudeau and tariffs

Marcus Newton
June 13, 2018

After the G-7 summit, Trudeau hosted a news conference where he said that the Canadian government "did not take" the USA tariffs against Canada lightly.

His advisers went further, with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro saying there was a "special place in hell" for leaders like Trudeau who negotiate with Trump in bad faith.

Navarro said at a Wall Street Journal event that the heated comments he made Sunday were "inappropriate" and a "mistake", according to several news outlets.

Speaking at a conference in Washington on Tuesday, Navarro said his "job" in appearing on Fox News Sunday in the chaotic aftermath of the G7 summit in Quebec had been "to send a signal of strength".

President Trump may be fresh off a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, but he's still smarting from a perceived slight from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Mr Kudlow said the President won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around ..." "That is how we should analyze whether Canada should continue implementing some of these supply-management policies".

Another thing buoying Trudeau has been the near-universal Canadian response to Trump's comments. As for cross-border trade, the USA sold $631 million in dairy to Canada in 2016 while Canada sold $112 million to the U.S.

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"From day one, we have said that we expected moments of drama and that we would keep calm and carry on throughout those moments", Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday in Ottawa.

Trump followed up on Sunday with tweets calling free trade with Canada "fools trade" and said Trudeau "acts hurt when called out". And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. "I own that, that was my mistake, my words", the trade adviser said.

"Very dishonest and weak", he said.

The coordinated attack against Trudeau from the US officials, not to mention Trump's tweets calling Trudeau "weak" and dishonest, has led former USA ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman to conclude the White House is trying to make Canada the scapegoat for troubled NAFTA negotiations.

The United States has already imposed a 25% steel tariff on imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

Margaret Wente: Donald Trump has finally made us mad. He added that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 against the U.S. That warning is apparently what set Navarro off.

A study by trade consultants at Grey, Clark, Shih and Associates and commissioned by the Dairy Farmers of Canada earlier this year estimated the USA government provided $22 billion in subsidies to the dairy sector in 2015.

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