Mr. Trump has been attending the G-7 Summit this past weekend and of course, is now finding plenty to criticize although most likely, the leaders of other countries will head home to blast Trump on many legitimate issues facing the world, which would probably be warranted. The fact that Donald Trump is in attendance representing the United States is an embarrassment enough to the U.S. and the rest of the world.
On Saturday, Trump got on Twitter to insult Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada. Trump tweeted that Trudeau was ” very dishonest and weak.” He said:
Recently, Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum imported from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. The president’s way of justifying this was to cite Section 232, which is a rarely invoked law that allows tariffs to be placed on a country in the interest of national security.
Trump’s economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, said:
‘I don’t think our tariffs are anything to do with our friendship and our longstanding alliance with Canada.
‘This is a trade dispute, if you will. It can be solved if people work together.’
In essence, Trump is basically waging a trade war with other nations and the outcome for the U.S. could be detrimental. Prime Minister Trudeau has voiced that the U.S. considering Canada to be a national security threat is “insulting.” Trudeau told NBC’s “Meet The Press”:
‘One of the things that I have to admit I’m having a lot of trouble getting around is the idea that this entire thing is coming about because the president and the administration have decided that Canada and Canadian steel and aluminum is a national security threat to the United States.’
‘We step up when we need to. We’re going to be polite, but we’re also not going to be pushed around.
‘I think our approach has been consistent all the way through.’
The prime minister also said:
‘The president will continue to say what he says. I have made it clear to the president that it (imposing counter tariffs) is not something we relish doing, but it’s something that we absolutely will do.
‘Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.’
Trudeau announced on Saturday that all members of the G-7 had signed on to a joint statement despite high tensions and fears that the U.S. would be excluded from the G-7 Communique.
However, hours after Trudeau’s statement was released, Trump announced that he is advising U.S. representatives against endorsing the G-7 Communique. Trump said:
‘Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!’
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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