Post G7 bickering

Reuters: U.S.-Canada spat escalates, Europeans criticize Trump’s G7 move

The United States and Canada swung sharply toward a diplomatic and trade crisis on Sunday as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.”

The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticized Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks … and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally,” Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with “polarizing” statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbor.

“(Trudeau) really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Trump to the summit of wealthy nations on Saturday, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Trump seems to have stabbed Trudeau in his front.

Navarro told “Fox News Sunday”: “There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that’s what weak dishonest Justin Trudeau did.”

Some will see a lot of irony in “bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump”.

Trump seems to be increasing division between the US and the rest of the countries in G7, but prefers to deal with Russia.

Reuters: Russia’s Putin would be ready to host G7 in Moscow

Russia did not choose to leave the G7 and would be happy to host its members in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday when asked about U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that Russia should have been at its latest meeting.

Interesting times.

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36 Comments

  1. An unusual approach to trade diplomacy.

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    • Corky

       /  June 11, 2018

      Damn straight. Nobody laughs at America now. The Piggy Bank is closed.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 11, 2018

        The US piggy bank is full of $ trillions of IOUs, isn’t it? 😳

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    • Corky

       /  June 11, 2018

      Sen John McCain is yesterdays news. He represents the Republican version of a Democrat.
      A do nothing, let’s talk type of guy like Obama.

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  3. Blazer

     /  June 11, 2018

    The U.K will have to go back to the ‘Russian bogeyman’ tactic…again.
    Last two attempts didn’t…stick.

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  4. George

     /  June 11, 2018

    The President of the United States of America is looking after the United States of America ?
    About time.
    Stop funding the UN next and kick the spongers out

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 11, 2018

      keep in mind that there are others who are benefiting from trump’s actions, notably China who has actually transferred wealth more or less directly to him through investments and special grants and for whom he has done some major things (ZTE) while all the while saying bad things.

      If you think about it so far trump has threatened, and been in a position to do, far worse to China than he has been to Canada, but in Canada’s case he actually did it. In China’s case he keeps pulling back or, in the case of ZTE, rushing to reverse actual harm.

      And this weekend, after Putin demanded that trump keep his campaign promises, Trump made havoc of a key alliance. Whatever Putin has over trump, trump appears more afraid of Putin than he is of Mueller.

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      • MaureenW

         /  June 11, 2018

        OMG the Russians. I bet Trump is shivering in his shoes. Try Clinton Foundation, you find some Russians there.

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        • Joe Bloggs

           /  June 11, 2018

          I see you’re still lacking a sense of what might be behind trump’s fear of Putin.

          Three things.

          Firstly, what Putin has on Trump is likely hard information about Trump’s financial crimes. Trump has relied on Deutsche Bank and Russian-oligarch related money for two decades, ever since banks stopped lending to him because of his string of failures and six bankruptcies. The potential scope of such crimes is considerable. Money laundering probably tops the list. Accounting and tax fraud, mail and wire fraud, extortion, the list is long. The link to Russia’s oligarchs through a process of “deposits” at Deutsche Bank with the express intent that the funds be loaned to trump businesses is enough of a link for Mueller.

          Secondly, and consistent with that kompromat, I suspect a concerted Russian effort could take out the trump business.

          And finally I do wonder – suspect, actually – that trump agreed to “terms” at some point that made him complicit in direct attacks on the US.

          —————–

          As for Russians in the Clinton Foundation? Remind me again – how many years did the Uranium One investigation run? How many indictments came from it?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 11, 2018

      Very good, B. I do like Trudeau as the beaver. Still, I don’t think Trump sees him as a National Security Threat. Just as a dickhead.

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      • Blazer

         /  June 11, 2018

        ‘Leave It to Beaver is an American television sitcom about an inquisitive and often naïve boy,’

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 11, 2018

    Trudeau should remember his father’s quote:
    Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is affected by every twitch and grunt.

    Better be careful the elephant doesn’t roll over or just drop a leg on him.

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  6. Zedd

     /  June 11, 2018

    Mr T apparently does not understand that ‘all sides can have gains’.. he seems to have a real ‘winner take all’ attitude to.. life, the universe & everything else ?!

    How Childish/narrow minded.. the world is never that ‘black & white’.. there are many shades in between :/

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    • Zedd

       /  June 11, 2018

      sounds like ‘America first’ could mean ‘America only’ OR only those who will ‘bow down’ to HIS demands ? (godwin avoided)

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 11, 2018

      Actually he believes the winner has been giving all, not taking it, and he wants that to end.

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      • Blazer

         /  June 11, 2018

        the U.S has invaded 37 countries since WW2…will that…ever…end?

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      • Joe Bloggs

         /  June 11, 2018

        if trump believes that the “winner has been giving all” then he needs to listen to his advisers.

        Fact 1:
        the U.S. has a US$8.4 billion trade surplus with Canada.

        Fact 2:
        Canada has lower average tariffs than the United States.

        Fact 3:
        American steel companies and steelworkers (the very industry and people trump claims to be protecting) oppose these tariffs on Canadian steel.

        Fact 4:
        Canada exports less than 3% of its dairy to the US but imports 10% from around the world. US deregulation and a glut of milk products due to lack of quotas is what’s killing US dairy farmers and they’ve said so themselves. Repeatedly.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 11, 2018

          Check the facts behind your lies here, Joe:
          https://ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/canada

          That “surplus” is achieved by counting goods transiting the US to Canada as US exports. They are not.

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          • Joe Bloggs

             /  June 11, 2018

            Time for you to suck up the facts, frothy righty

            Average tariff rates charged by G-7 nations:
            USA: 1.6%
            EU: 1.6%
            UK: 1.6%
            Italy: 1.6%
            Germany: 1.6%
            France: 1.6%
            Japan: 1.4%
            Canada: 0.8%

            Tariff rate, applied, weighted mean, all products (%)

            https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/TM.TAX.MRCH.WM.AR.ZS?end=2016&start=2016&view=bar

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 11, 2018

              Irrelevant since barriers to trade including high tariff rates simply prevent the trade and hence don’t figure in your weighted mean.

            • Joe Bloggs

               /  June 11, 2018

              Completely spurious argument and totally irrelevant, I’d be tempted to say fake news, but I have too much respect for fake news.

              The U.S. uses tariffs to protect a variety of industries from a 350% tariff on tobacco to 60% on shelled peanuts and operates complex programmes to protect domestic industry by limiting imports.

              The barriers to trade caused by those tariffs and programmes don’t figure in the weighted means either. So what.

              The world bank weighted tariffs are a reflection of the state of trade and tariff burdens as it stands now – and the reality is that American tariffs are twice what Canada’s are.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 11, 2018

              I would expect progressives to love fake news. It seems to be all they talk about.

              There’s nothing whatever spurious in pointing out the statistics you claim to support your argument do nothing of the kind. If you can’t see that it’s not my problem, it’s yours.

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  June 11, 2018

        The Atlantic on King Don’s melt-down at the G7:

        Of course, all this blatantly contradicts yesterday’s message line. Remember, Trump holds authority to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum because—and only because—of a Kennedy-era special exemption to normal trade law for national-security purposes. Trump has signed documents attesting that he imposed tariffs to protect vital defense interests of the United States.

        Now he has changed his story. The tariffs on steel and aluminum from Germany, the U.K., Mexico, and all the others were not a national-security measure, but a retaliation for Canada’s restrictions on dairy imports. Whatever you think of Canada’s milk protectionism (and few Canadians who don’t directly profit from it will defend it), it is not a threat to U.S. national security.

        But does Trump notice or care that he has given himself the lie? Surely not.

        https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/06/trump-g7/562487/

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  7. Zedd

     /  June 11, 2018

    Mr T said (paraphrased) “We are the worlds ‘piggy bank’ & this will stop”.. having said that.. they also have amongst the worlds biggest global debt. mostly to China & OPEC nations ?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 11, 2018

      That’s what his trade agenda is about, isn’t it?

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      • Zedd

         /  June 11, 2018

        the word is, MrT is trying to form ‘Global Oligarchs inc.’ : Him, Putin, Xi (china) & perhaps Kim (DPRK) & others.. ?

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  8. artcroft

     /  June 11, 2018

    Interesting that the great deal maker decided to piss off Canada and the G& for the sake of (maybe) impressing Kim Jung Un. I just can’t make the algebra work. But I guess the believers will just put that down to Mr (six time bankrupt) Trump’s genius.

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    • Blazer

       /  June 11, 2018

      Trumop has not been bankrupt 6 times art….but it is fascinating watching this reality president in…action.

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  9. Griff

     /  June 11, 2018

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    • duperez

       /  June 11, 2018

      No worries for Donald Trump. The G7 mob were a bunch of Teddy Bears. He’ll soon be tweeting to world that he handled Kim Jung Un, he was just a Big Pussy.

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