Trump says that PM Justin Trudeau’s assertion that Canada “will not be pushed around” will end up costing Canadians “a lot of money.”Trump gave a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore on Tuesday.
Among the many topics the president addressed with reporters afterward was his recent Twitter campaign against Trudeau, whom he has called “dishonest” and “weak.”
The comments came after Trudeau’s closing news conference at the G7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, when the Trudeau said he had pushed back against the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum.
Trump says he watched that news conference on his way to Singapore, and was upset because he thought he and Trudeau had had a positive meeting in Charlevoix.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Trump says Trudeau “probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions.
He said, “I see the television and he’s giving a news conference about how he ‘will not be pushed around’ by the United States. And I say, ‘Push him around? We just shook hands!”‘
“We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy.”
Trump has constantly railed against what he claims are unfair trade practices by some of America’s biggest trade partners, including Canada.
One particular source of his fury recently has been Canada’s supply management system, which levels tariffs of up to 300 per cent on imported dairy products.
Trump said, “It’s very unfair to our farmers, and it’s very unfair to the people of our country,”
“It’s very unfair, and it’s very unfair to our workers, and I’m gonna straighten it out. And it won’t even be tough.”