Frank McKenna Says Trump's Treatment of Trudeau Is 'Appalling'

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Donald Trump's trade adviser has labelled Canadian premier Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of the United States president's time after the acrimonious end to the G7 summit.

The prime minister has kept a low profile since Trump called him "very dishonest and weak" and withdrew support for a Group of Seven communique reached at the summit Trudeau hosted in Quebec on Saturday.

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.

Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, suggested that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the summit with Kim.

At a news conference Tuesday after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau.

It came in response to what he claimed were "false statements" by Canadian premier Justin Trudeau. The president of the US National Pork Producers Council, Mr Jim Heimerl, said Mexico accounted for almost 25 per cent of all pork shipments past year, adding that "a 20 per cent tariff eliminates our ability to compete effectively in Mexico".

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.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

Trump went on to say that the United States gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss".

The purely symbolic vote of solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said: "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated.

McKenna commended Trudeau for refraining from personal attacks on the president and sticking to the substance of the trade disagreement. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.

"Congressmen, politicians, people, you know realizing this is a bad thing-maybe that message will get to Donald Trump and we can hope he'll listen, although one might not be very confident that he'll listen to reason".

So Trump's national security justification is so laughable that Republicans who have been willing to stick by Trump through every other blunder are ready to work with Democrats to block these tariffs by holding military spending hostage. In the end, that language stayed in and it was only on climate change that no consensus was reached.

The motion offers a collective parliamentary backing of the Canadian steel, aluminum, and supply management sectors and support for the Canadian government's retaliatory tariffs.

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the U.S. market if they retaliate against his tariffs.

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