Canadian Foreign Minister Sharply Rebukes Trump’s Trade Policy and Worldview

Canadian Foreign Minister Sharply Rebukes Trump’s Trade Policy and Worldview

Canadian Foreign Minister Sharply Rebukes Trump’s Trade Policy and Worldview

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says NAFTA negotiators will "make a real push over the summer" to get a deal, following a meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

Both aides accused Mr Trudeau of betraying Mr Trump when he gave a news conference after the United States president had departed.

The Consul-General of Canada Phyllis Yaffee was in Harrisburg this week as part of an effort to work on trade between Canada and Pennsylvania.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", he said.

After the Group of Seven (G-7) summit, Trump and members of his administration attacked Trudeau after the prime minister said in a press conference he may impose retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.

U.S. Soccer Federation President Carlos Cordeiro suggested to reporters on a conference call after Wednesday's vote at FIFA's Congress in Moscow that bringing the three countries together was more of a challenge than any Trump effect in overcoming the challenge from the competing bid from Morocco.

After stating that "name-calling is not acceptable whatever", the often-blustery Ford said he wanted "to be very clear that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our federal counterparts" - even though he was highly critical of the Trudeau government during his run for leadership of his province's Progressive Conservatives.

For Canadians - who don't totally reject their stereotyped image as self-effacing and nice - the eruption seemed completely at odds with their own national temperament.

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"Canada has therefore announced, truly more in sorrow than in anger, announced a perfectly reciprocal, measured, dollar for dollar retaliation response" that will come into effect July 1, Freeland said, before adding that "we really are confident that at the end of the day common sense will prevail". "That was a mistake".

And she said countries must do a better job of providing economic opportunities because those who are struggling financially are "vulnerable to ... demagogues who scapegoat immigrants at home, or foreign trading partners".

On Fox News Sunday, White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro also defended the president with adversarial language.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump said.

"It's an abuse of presidential authority to use the 232", he said after emerging from the afternoon meeting with Ms. Freeland in the U.S. Capitol.

"The important thing for the Americans to understand is that our economies and industries are highly integrated" and that tariffs would be very bad for both sides, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland ventured Wednesday onto Donald Trump's home turf, denouncing his "absurd" tariffs and forcefully arguing for preservation of the world's rules-based order - with or without the United States. More importantly, he ignores the relationship that the United States has had with Canada for decades now, a relationship, that as I argued on Monday, has benefited the American and Canadian people in innumerable ways.

In Halton Hills, a Toronto suburb, the City Council unanimously passed a motion Monday encouraging its residents and businesses, with typical Canadian politesse, to consider avoiding USA goods "where Canadian substitutes are reasonably available". For instance, Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to cause a drag on USA economic growth and result in a net loss of American jobs.

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