Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

President Trump Blasts Canadian PM Trudeau, Calls Him "Very Dishonest And Weak"

President Trump Blasts Canadian PM Trudeau, Calls Him

Thursday, Trump took aim at Trudeau and Macron, accusing them of benefiting from one-sided trade arrangements with the United States.

He went on to personally criticize Trudeau, whom he said "acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting and he 'will not be pushed around'".

Mr. Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by USA trade tariffs.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said she held talks at the summit with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer over Nafta, US tariffs on steel and aluminium and a Trump administration probe into the national security risks from auto imports.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariffs, even on imports from close United States allies.

"He can take that nation and truly make it a great nation so it is a one-time shot and I think it is going to work out very well", Mr. Trump said.

Trudeau's former foreign policy advisor, Roland Paris lashed out at the US president.

President Donald Trump leaves after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump continued.

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He said Saturday that he's also considering scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico individually.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invested in a warm personal relationship with Trump, said the other G7 nations - Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as France - should remain "polite" and productive but warned that "no leader is forever", a sign that Europe would not surrender meekly to the USA president.

With Trudeau, Trump joked that "Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers between Canada and the United States". "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

Mr Trump said: "We had extremely productive discussions on the need for fair and reciprocal - meaning "the same".

Trump threatened to impose even more tariffs against those countries if they did not take down their barriers to U.S. trade. Earlier in the day, G7 countries announced they had raised more than $3.8 billion in an effort with other countries to send the world's poorest girls to school. "He's sticking to his guns, and he's going to talk to them".

The summit came during an ongoing trade dispute with China and served as a precursor to the unprecedented meeting with Kim, in which Trump has sought to extend a hand to the Asian autocrat who has long bedeviled the global order. The statement had been published online before Trump commented. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" They have recovered somewhat, but are still vulnerable and Italy's new government is also a risk.

Still, the United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, signaling a modest step forward for the bitterly divided allies of the G7.

Mr Trump said: "That's the way it should be".

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