Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

European Union backs Canadian leader Trudeau after Trump's sharp words

European Union backs Canadian leader Trudeau after Trump's sharp words

The Trudeau government has announced it will impose retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other US products by July 1. The threat of tariffs add to the uncertainty in the industry, which faces a potential trade overhaul as a result of Nafta negotiations. "We don't think that that is a useful or productive way to do business", she said.

The relationship between the USA and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada.

MPs speaking to The Canadian Press said they've heard from constituents who are anxious about the implications of Trump's assertions, and it's expected the weekend's war of words will be a focus during question period on Monday afternoon. He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique. "As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

"The whole tone of the bilateral rhetoric between Canada and the US seems to have deteriorated quite significantly", he said.

Trump travelled to Singapore from Canada, where he met other world leaders.

Trump aides accused Trudeau of betrayal of Trump for his statement on retaliation.

Trump - who has a history of hair-trigger responses to slights - landed in Singapore on Sunday for the Tuesday summit meeting with Kim.

Similarly, China announced plans to retaliate on $53 billion of USA exports after the United States imposed national security tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum as well as additional tariffs in response to Chinese intellectual property theft. "President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned".

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow and his trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday for "betraying" the United States and engaging in "bad faith diplomacy" at this week's fractious G7 summit.

Trump's decision to withdraw his support for the communiqué has drawn sharp criticism from Germany on Sunday.

According to a report by CTV, she said that Canada is "very measured" and that the country's officials "use fact-based arguments" to drive home a point.

Trump negotiated in good faith on the communique agreed by the other members of the G7, only to have Trudeau criticize USA policy after he left, Kudlow said.

"The European Commission sticks to the final declaration communique and will take all the necessary action at our level to achieve and promote the objectives set therein".

"If your objective is to have the American companies as well as the Japanese set up on the US side of the border, you're asking private companies to absorb billions of dollars of costs", Volpe said, adding that it would make the North American industry less competitive against rising Chinese players.

Ottawa has promised to retaliate against Washington's imposition of tariffs on metals imports from Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the United States.

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