Justin Trudeau Just Slammed "Insulting and Unacceptable" Trump Trade Behavior

04 June, 2018, 00:19 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Trump said he "loves" both Canada and Mexico but accused them of taking advantage of the United States through unfair trade arrangements.

"Our soldiers fought and died together in the beaches of the Second World War, in the Afghanistan mountains and have been shoulder by shoulder in some of the world's most hard places, always being there for one another, it is an insult to that", he added.

"The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable", Trudeau said.

Earlier, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Ottawa is imposing retaliatory tariffs, which would be "the strongest trade action Canada has taken in the post-war era". He added: "This is a trade dispute, if you will".

Canada also responded to the United States decision with the introduction of a tariff "countermeasures" on imports.

Canada, the largest supplier of steel to the USA, said it will impose tariffs covering C$16.6 billion (S$17.2 billion) on U.S. imports, including whiskey, orange juice, steel and aluminium.

President Donald Trump on Friday said he "wouldn't mind" breaking up the North American Free Trade Agreement and replacing it by entering into separate trade pacts with Canada and with Mexico. "They must open their markets and take down their trade barriers!" he wrote.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also said Mnuchin was alone on the tariff issue, with the group becoming a "G6 plus one" as the six expressed "total incomprehension" over the U.S. move.


In response, Canada plans to hit US steel items with a 25% tariff and consumer goods with a 10% tariff.

"This doesn't happen that often at G7 meetings, but it was USA against everyone else", Aso said.

The tariffs also are complicating US efforts to gain cooperation to challenge China´s trade practices as US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross arrives in Beijing on Saturday for talks aimed at averting a US-China trade war.

"Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors requested that the United States Secretary of the Treasury communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment", the group said in a summary statement written by Canada.

Canada retaliated for the tariffs Thursday with $16.6 billion worth of "countermeasures" that hit a range of products from flat-rolled steel to playing cards, while Mexico also plans tariffs on a variety of US products, including flat steel. "We already had the bones of a very good agreement for all parties, and I thought it might be opportune for all of us to sit down for a few hours and discuss it".

As reported by CNN, the said trade tariffs came into effect from Friday midnight.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken a more combative stand against the USA, even going so far as to accuse President Donald Trump of lacking "common sense". As was first revealed last week, the USA had told Mr. Trudeau that he would have to agree to a "sunset clause" in the deal that terminated the agreement after five years unless all parties agreed at that time to keep it alive.

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