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European Union backs Canadian leader after Trump's sharp words

European Union backs Canadian leader after Trump's sharp words

The president ruffled feathers at the G7 summit, not backing down from stiff tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.

With diplomatic tensions between USA and Canada rocked by recent comments about trade by president Donald Trump and his advisers, some Americans are finding ways to acknowledge Canada's other exports in popular culture.

The president's acrimony raised the risk of a trade war that could spook financial markets, inflate prices of goods hit by tariffs, slow commerce, disrupt corporations that rely on global supply chains and jeopardize the healthiest expansion the world economy has enjoyed in a decade.

Trudeau closed the G7 summit by issuing a strong rebuke Trump's trade threats, calling them "kind of insulting" and saying they would be met with retaliatory measures from July.

Kudlow also accused Trudeau of trying to undermine the USA president at a critical time before his summit with the reclusive Kim on Tuesday.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

Hampson, whose most recent book is about former prime minister Brian Mulroney's diplomacy as North American trade deals were originally struck, said Mulroney has continued to be a behind-the-scenes adviser to Trudeau's government, as he has personal connections with some Trump insiders.

Hours later, Arizona Republican Sen. He tweeted a comment which directly referenced Navarro's.

And GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger said he was "confused" when he saw the remarks from Navarro. They didn't tell you that, did they? "I thought that was inappropriate". If it is fake, I have little hope for Canada while he is in charge.

Sen. John McCain, who is battling brain cancer in his home state of Arizona, called out the President in a tweet Saturday for not siding with USA allies at the summit.

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Trump's attacks have Canadian businesses that use aluminum and steel very anxious, said Ontario Conservative MP John Brassard, who added that there is real concern that there will be serious job implications in very short order.

McCain's best friend and colleague in the Senate, South Carolina Sen.

The communique represented some general consensus on world issues, but Trump walked back any US endorsement of the entire statement a short while later on Twitter.

"You know, I think this is a case of 'kick the dog, ' " said Fen Hampson, a political scientist at Carleton University in Ottawa. "We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Prime Minister and the people of Canada", Ford wrote.

"It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners", she said. "That is not a free trade agreement". "I believe that, John McCain believes it. but I'm not so sure most Americans (agree)".

Before leaving Washington for Quebec, Trump abruptly recommended that Russian Federation be brought back into the G7 in a move that further fueled disharmony among members.

On trade, Tennessee Republican Sens.

"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal and absolutely unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum, not only coming from Canada, but on the steel and aluminum sold by all the G7 allies who are assembled here, to the United States", Freeland said in a news conference at the summit.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been more outspoken. The measure hits European Union trading partners even though the main target is overcapacity at state-backed Chinese producers, who Europe and the USA have long complained have flooded markets with cheap steel.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, accused Trump of executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy, not America's. Japan had already been subject to the levies as part of Trump's "America First" policies.