And nor did she mention the two Trump surrogates and economic advisors, Peter Navarro and Larry Kudlow, who accused Trudeau of “betraying” their president, and therefore having a “special place in hell”.
After President Donald Trump derailed the USA relationship with longtime ally Canada, launching a trade war and exchanging barbs with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadians chose to boycott Trump in solidarity with their leader.
The Trump administration’s justification for tariffs on national security grounds “is, frankly, absurd”, Freeland said, speaking at the US Capitol after a meeting with senators.
Canada’s CTV reports angry Canadian shoppers and travelers “are mounting strikes against America’s pocketbook by boycotting US goods and trips to the States” as the summer travel season begins.
The President ripped Trudeau on twitter over his “false statements” to the press; adding that he instructed his administration “not to endorse” a joint statement from the G7 countries following the contentious summit.
David Frum, a Canadian-American political commentator, said the tiff would only boost Trudeau’s stature among Canadians.
Trudeau said he was preparing retaliatory measures against the United States. “We will not escalate and we will also not back down”, she said.
Freeland told the senators that the US imposition of tariffs is illegal under both World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement rules, adding that Canada had the support of the European Union and Mexico when it took the matter to both tribunals.
“No wonder Germany sells us three cars for every one we export to Germany,”Peter Navarro, assistant to the president for trade and manufacturing policy, wrote in an op-ed piece in the New York Times”.
If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a legitimate star in his cabinet it is Chrystia Freeland, who makes her predecessor Stephane Dion look exactly what he was in that portfolio – weak, ineffective and nearly laughable.
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.
Asked if he was apologising for the comments, Navarro said: “Yeah, absolutely”. “Kim must not see American weakness”. In October, Trudeau became the first Canadian prime minister to meet with the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal”. “According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)”. For instance, Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to cause a drag on USA economic growth and result in a net loss of American jobs. “And Justin. And I said, “Oh that’s nice, Justin’s giving a” – And then he talked about how they won’t be bullied”. And some Canadians, notably the Ontario intelligentsia, tend to regard Americans as more crass and gun-happy than people north of the border.
USA officials had already made clear time was running out to secure a deal the current Congress could vote on.
“That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned”, Trump said wagging his finger. The big question Canada and the European Union must answer for themselves, now, is whether Trump is an unfortunate temporary anomaly, or merely the first in a coming succession of “America First” presidents.
Vacationers said they would be staying up north this summer instead of booking trips to the US.