United States president Donald Trump took more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settled in for a multi-day summit with North Korea in Singapore, contending that "fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal".
After Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood up for his nation, defended its positions on trade with the USA and stated that Canada will not be pushed around, Trump reportedly became enraged.
Ahead of the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a joint press conference with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.
He said there's still hope that stalled negotiations for a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement can be revived, provided Canada stays calm and measured in response to Trump's rants. "All Mr. Trudeau was doing was, in a rather gentle way, articulating the position his government - which would be the position of any Canadian government in these circumstances - so I don't view it as lethal", Mulroney said.
"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said.
Just minutes after a joint communique, approved by the leaders of the Group of Seven allies, was published in Canada's summit host city Quebec, Trump launched his Twitter broadside, taking exception to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference. The president also repeated claims that Canada overtaxes American dairy products under its supply management system and complained about Canadian automobiles flooding the US market. Success. Only to see a tweet from Donald Trump a little later rescinding his signature over something Justin Trudeau had said at his news conference. I'm wondering, though, if you could square that with the comments that President Trump made as he was leaving, that the US has been taken advantage of for decades.
"The president, coming late, stands before the cameras and says, "Why don't we add Russian Federation to the group". They report a really high surplus on trade with us.
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Canadians have fought and died in almost every war alongside US troops.
Trump travelled to Singapore from Canada, where he met other world leaders.
On his way to Singapore Saturday, Mr. Trump tweeted that he thinks fair and reciprocal trade will happen.
Peter Navarro, Trump's top trade adviser, denounced Trudeau with language rarely used even against America's adversaries. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland was measured Sunday, saying only that "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".
He added that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker thanked Trudeau "for the excellent preparation and chairing of this challenging summit".
"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was USA ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money.