Trade War: Merkel Threatens US Over Trump Tariffs - Leah Barkoukis

2018 G7 Summit far from harmonious

Bruce Heyman, who was USA ambassador to Canada during President Barack Obama's administration, called on Navarro in a tweet to formally apologize to Trudeau for his "insulting and inappropriate remarks".

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland first announced "dollar-for-dollar tariffs" against the US on May 31.

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don't think that it's a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies", she declared.

The president has barely disguised the real reason for these trade actions, tweeting most recently that, "Our Tariffs are in response to his (Canada's) of 270% on dairy!".

Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit on Saturday, where he called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak", and refused to sign a joint statement following negotiations.

The United States has alienated Canada and other allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, arguing that they pose a threat to USA national security. The tariffs came into effect on imports from Canada and the other originally exempted nations this month.

Mulroney has acted as an informal advisor on US trade to Trudeau's Liberal government. "That was a mistake".

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Pompeo declined to comment on the specific remarks by Navarro.

He also asked why he should allow countries to amass "Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?"

"We need to focus on the facts", and recall that Washington protects its industries too, a senior Canadian official said, pointing to USA agricultural subsidies.

Ries says that strong stance could help more Americans realize they don't want a trade war with Canada.

Navarro's interview followed another by National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, who called Trudeau's statement as "diplomatic betrayal".

Trump's tough rhetoric for the leader of Canada, one of the United States' closest allies, was in sharp contrast with the words he chose to describe Kim. Canada exports $300 billion worth of goods to the United States, while the US exports $282.5 billion worth of goods to Canada.

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