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Pompeo downplays feud between United States and G7 allies

Pompeo downplays feud between United States and G7 allies”

"I believe this was an important step to show the solidarity and united front of Canada's Parliament against the deliberately divisive actions of the president of the United States after his visit to Canada and the G-7 meetings this weekend", said MP Tracey Ramsey, a member of the New Democratic Party who proposed the motion.

Meanwhile in Singapore on Tuesday Trump was incredibly friendly during his historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, even giving the North Korean leader a thumbs up.

President Donald Trump said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "learned" from the mistake of criticizing him and it's going to cost Canada "a lot of money".

The back-and-forth between Trump and Trudeau highlights the growing tensions between the U.S. and some the country's closest allies. "Obviously, we don't want to be held hostage to these tariffs Donald Trump has arbitrarily put in place, but there are other things that we would like to see in terms of advancing the free trade agenda". "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

What did Kudlow say?

As we've argued elsewhere, Trump appears to be targeting allies as a means of rupturing their mindset-convincing them that they are no longer deserving of American coddling just because of their geopolitical status.

An angry Trump refused to sign a joint statement issued at the end of the summit, and he and his top aides assailed Trudeau, accusing him of dishonesty and betrayal. "The problem is that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Mr Justin Trudeau, just days after leaving in disarray a G-7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Mr Trump took another dig at him, saying the U.S. had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy".

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", he wrote in one tweet that then went on to accuse Canada of imposing unfair taxes on U.S. dairy products.

The fight isn't just with Trudeau and Canada but with the best allies of the U.S., Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California said on CNN.

"A reasonable, balanced and firm assertion that Canada will not be bullied, and that we will retaliate if the US Administration does not end its attack on our steel exports".

"It is something that we have discussed and Canada is certainly prepared for any eventuality", Freeland said.

In Ontario, home to many vehicle plants that would be hit by USA tariffs, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer warned that NAFTA and the cause of free trade itself is now at stake.

Trudeau's itinerary was marked "personal" and he was not in the House of Commons.



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