Trade dispute has Canadian MPs standing together against US President Donald Trump

  • Trade dispute has Canadian MPs standing together against US President Donald Trump

Trade dispute has Canadian MPs standing together against US President Donald Trump

Fox News' Shepard Smith mocked President Donald Trump's feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tudeau and the war of the words that followed and said the "U.S. might need a northern wall".

On CNN's State of the Union, Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow labeled Trudeau as "polarizing", "sophomoric", "deceptive", and "amateurish". "And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it", Trump said.

Trump left Quebec before the G-7 summit had ended to head to Singapore, ahead of a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a longtime foe of the United States. "Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!"

His unexpected and extraordinary attack flummoxed Canadian officials, who have waged an 18-month campaign created to cultivate allies among USA policymakers and business leaders in defense of Canada's interests.

The former Conservative prime minister said that while he believes the dispute is serious, that doesn't make it "lethal". Such a trade war would make products from other countries more expensive for USA consumers and products from America more expensive in other countries.

Chief trade adviser Peter Navarro said there's "a special place in hell" for Trudeau and anyone else who negotiates in "bad faith" with Trump.

Meanwhile, the Canadian province of Quebec has offered $C100 million ($A101 million) in loans and guarantees for steel and aluminium companies hit by the United States tariffs.

Two points of the joint communique formulated by the G7 members were not negotiated with the U.S. president, but that didn't prevent the Canadian prime minister from announcing that all member-states had reached common ground on the final statement.

"What I saw Prime Minister Trudeau say was, I thought, fairly benign and certainly didn't warrant any attack".

Also, contrary to Trump's attacks, the U.S. maintained an $8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada a year ago, mostly due to a large advantage in services.

Trump said he was retaliating against Canada with countervailing tariffs, saying of Trudeau: "He learned that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada".

And while she joined with Mr. Trudeau and other European leaders in opposing the USA decision to slap import tariffs on steel and aluminum, she urged continued dialogue.

Ries says that strong stance could help more Americans realize they don't want a trade war with Canada. Right after leaving the meet and Canada, Trump tweeted, "Justin acts hurt when called out!".

Earlier today, Trudeau cheered Trump's bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he stayed mum on the USA administration's persistent trash talk.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday in preparation for his meeting with Kim after cutting short his trip to Quebec for the G7 summit, where he met the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the EU.

One particular source of his ire recently has been Canada's supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.