Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's speech at the G7 summit, in which he rebuked President Trump and vowed to protect Canadian interests, has drawn comparisons to an iconic movie moment near and dear to the hearts of many a Hugh Grant fan.
How so? Trudeau said at a news conference at the end of a tense Group of Seven summit that U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium were "kind of insulting", because Trump cited national security to erect them.
His unexpected and extraordinary attack flummoxed Canadian officials, who have waged an 18-month campaign created to cultivate allies among USA policymakers and business leaders in defense of Canada's interests. But the trolled Prime Minister had his staunch supporters too. We preach free trade, to the point of twisting the arms of developing countries to open their markets to our manufactured goods - yet at the same time we erect high barriers against imports of agricultural goods.
Trade adviser Peter Navarro told "Fox News Sunday" that "there is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy" with Trump.
"Sometimes when we think about tariffs, when we think about a trade war, we lose sight of the real impact, and that's on workers", Singh told a news conference on Parliament Hill.
"He really stabbed us in the back".
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2018.
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Kudlow further called Kim as "crazy nuclear tyrant" as he urged the other members of G8 to support Trump.
While foreign policy issues such as North Korea do not usually have much bearing on the polls, Mr Trump's outburst against Nato allies, the European Union and Canada appeared aimed at striking a chord with voters who support his America First agenda.
"What I saw Prime Minister Trudeau say was, I thought, fairly benign and certainly didn't warrant any attack".
The White House is quietly trying to fix the American government's fractured relationship with Canada as President Donald Trump is in Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Politico reported Monday.
Trump has consistently railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America's biggest trade partners, including Canada.
Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around". Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
Describing the U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on U.S. goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.