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13 June, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Melinda Barton
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Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, just days after blowing up a G7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Trump took another dig at him, saying the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister of "attacking" President Donald Trump after Canada's leader announced reciprocal tariffs on the USA and asserting his nation would not be 'pushed around.' Zachary Goelman reports. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on the "Fox News Sunday" program.

He also said the USA had a trade deficit of $17 billion with Canada, though he implied that it might be as large as $100 billion.

On June 1, the USA imposed a 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Mr Trump's tweet disavowing the G7 statement "sobering" and "a little depressing". "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau added.

"He learned, that's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Mr Trump said in Singapore on Tuesday, after his landmark meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

A Trump adviser had suggested Sunday that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the meeting with Kim.


The president has made a lot of noise at this year's G7 event in the Quebec town of La Malbaie - first by launching a Twitter attack on Canada's trade policies before the summit and then for suggesting Russian Federation be invited to re-join the alliance. And that comes right from Air Force One.

US President Donald Trump has imposed a 25 per cent tariff on import of steel from Canada and another 15 per cent on aluminium using the "national security interest" provisions of the existing American laws. "It's very unfair, and it's very unfair to our workers, and I'm gonna straighten it out".

After Trump's angry tweets, Trudeau's office issued a brief response: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

The apology could ease tensions after Canada's parliament condemned the personal attack on Trudeau and as Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland gets ready to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday in Washington.

The Americans' criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. "Both of those things could happen", Trump said, warning that it would be "very bad" for Canada and Mexico if no deal could be reached among the three countries.

In response, Canada, Mexico and the European Union said they were putting in place their own retaliatory measures.

Bilous said there are still strong trade opportunities with the United States.

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