House passes motion supporting Trudeau amidst Trump tirades

House passes motion supporting Trudeau amidst Trump tirades

Canadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on Monday after his cautious and polite defense of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US President Donald Trump.

The United States is Canada's single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus.

- White House trade advisor Peter Navarro ups the ante, telling Fox News that there's a "special place in hell" for Trudeau, who he accuses of engaging in "bad-faith diplomacy" with Trump.

Trudeau called new US tariffs "illegitimate and unacceptable" and said Canadians "will not be pushed around".

Mr Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Responding to the prime minister, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn branded the G7 summit a "failure" as he piled the blame on the USA president.

And the young Canadian leader, who has attempted to maintain a public facade of friendship with the United States leader, confirmed that he would regretfully impose retaliatory tariffs on United States goods from next month to offset the steel levy.

Justin Trudeau at a press conference in April.

That tweet was followed a second message: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada 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.' Very dishonest & weak". The government of Canada can't be seen leading a Boycott America movement but it does not take much imagination to visualize business groups and municipalities being encouraged to champion such a response.

"Look, as a guy that believes in heaven and hell, I would never use those terms ever", he told CNN's Kate Bolduan on "At This Hour" on Monday.

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"This is a small-minded man not fit for public office".

But even conservative and populist figures on the right of Canadian politics, some of them admirers of Trump's brand of politics when it stays south of the border, rallied to their liberal premier.

While other presidents and prime ministers have had testy relations - president Richard Nixon famously used a profane word, behind closed doors, to refer to Trudeau's father Pierre Trudeau, also in the context of trade talks - neither side has demonstrated this level of animosity since John Diefenbaker feuded with John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s.

But even he was nonplussed by Trump's line of attack.

While Trump also presented the idea that the member countries should drop off tariffs and trade barriers, he also reportedly complained to the other leaders about their trade policies and said the U.S. would continue with tariffs absent concessions.

Behind his claim lies a difference in how the countries' calculate the trade figures. "We are not - we, Canada, are not going to be pushed around".

If these goods that originate in Canada and are eventually sold there without have been substantially worked upon in the United States are taken into account then Ottawa comes out the victor.

"The U.S. was trying to be disruptive to the G7", he said.

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", Trump wrote in a series of posts on Twitter.

The issue of trade was the most controversial heading into the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Que., with Trump launching multiple barbs in Canada's direction in the days leading up to his arrival. "Let's be serious", a statement by the French government said Sunday. Nor did the USA administration want to sign a charter regarding plastic in the ocean. The president could mean exactly what he says: that the steel and aluminum tariffs are a direct, tit-for-tat response to Canadian dairy tariffs.

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