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Trump says he’ll punish ‘the people of Canada’ because of Trudeau’s news conference

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  1. Catalyst75 Well-Known Member

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    WASHINGTON and OTTAWA—Escalating his attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump is now pledging to punish “the people of Canada” economically because of the post-G7 news conference in which Trudeau criticized Trump’s tariffs.

    “That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned. You can’t do that. You can’t do that,” Trump said Tuesday in Singapore after meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

    Trump repeated the vague threat in an interview with ABC.

    “I actually like Justin, you know, I think he’s good, I like him, but he shouldn’t have done that. That was a mistake. That’s going to cost him a lot of money,” Trump said.

    Canadian leaders responded with restraint. Trudeau briefly addressed the latest barb on his way into Tuesday morning’s cabinet meeting on Parliament Hill.

    “Obviously we support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea. We look forward to looking at the details of the agreement. On his comments, as I said, I’m going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests,” Trudeau said.

    This is the first time Trump has threatened to take out his frustration with Trudeau on the Canadian people.

    The threat comes as the two countries attempt to negotiate a new North American Free Trade Agreement and as Trudeau both seeks an exemption from Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs and attempts to avoid the automotive tariffs Trump is now floating.

    Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Tuesday that the government is “prepared for any eventuality” on the possibility of auto tariffs, and that she and Trudeau raised the issue with Trump and other American officials during last weekend’s G7 summit in Quebec. She pointed to Canada’s planned response to the steel and aluminum tariffs — responding duties on a range of U.S. imports worth more than $16 billion — as evidence the government is prepared to be “absolutely resolute” in defending the national interest as trade talks continue.

    “From day one, we have said that we expected moments of drama and that we would… keep calm and carry on throughout those moments of drama,” Freeland said.

    It is not clear why Trump reacted to Trudeau’s post-G7 news conference with such anger. There, Trudeau expressed the same polite criticism of the steel and aluminum tariffs, and same promise to stand up for Canadians, he had been expressing for a full week. He and his ministers have described Trump’s tariffs as an insult given that they are officially being imposed on “national security” grounds.

    “It would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us,” Trudeau said then. “I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do, because Canadians: we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”

    Trump’s top economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro hurled insults at Trudeau on CNN and Fox News programs on Sunday — claiming the prime minister went “rogue,” calling his news conference “sophomoric” and a backstabbing “betrayal,” and saying there is a “special place in hell” for him. Kudlow explained that the administration was reacting so strongly because Trump could not show “weakness” to Kim in advance of the summit.

    Navarro apologized on Tuesday, saying at a Washington conference that he made a “mistake” by using “language that was inappropriate” while attempting to “send a very strong signal of strength.”

    François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s international trade minister, brushed off Navarro’s comments and said Canada would continue pushing to modernize NAFTA.

    “In diplomacy, it doesn’t really matter about personal feelings and personal comments,” he said.

    “We’ll continue to do diplomacy the Canadian way, which is to be positive, to be constructive and to make sure we are firm to defend our industries and our workers.”

    Trump said Tuesday that he was miffed that Trudeau was criticizing him so soon after G7 exchanges he described as friendly.

    Trump omitted any mention of his own post-G7 news conference, in which he criticized Canada and the other allies over trade.

    “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. It was very friendly,” Trump said.

    Trump claimed Trudeau made his comments because he thought Trump could not watch them while flying to Singapore.

    “I think that Justin probably didn’t know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions,” he said. “I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau. I really did. Other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn’t watching.”

    Trump’s criticism of Trudeau stood in stark contrast to his effusive praise of Kim. He called the dictator “very talented,” “very smart” and “a great personality” who “loves his people.”

    “We have developed a very special bond,” Trump said of Kim.

    The unprecedented public insults of Trudeau from Kudlow and Navarro, particularly Navarro’s “special place in hell” remark, drew widespread condemnation across party lines on Capitol Hill on Monday.

    “I thought he should have kept his big mouth shut, because I don’t think that helps us in foreign policy. And frankly, I think that’s out of line,” Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, a Utah Republican, told reporters.

    “I’m pretty sure that circles of hell are not reserved for Canadians proposing retaliatory tariffs,” said Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Calgary.

    In Ottawa, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said Canadian politicians need to stand together against Trump’s “bullying tactics,” and that the government must focus on how to protect workers who could lose their jobs because of the punitive tariffs between the North American allies.

    “There are some real dangers, and again, whenever trade wars happen, it’s workers that are impacted,” he said. “(Employment Insurance) is not going to be enough. We need to look at additional supports, and what those are, we need to reflect on.”

    Trudeau is set to meet Tuesday afternoon with the Dairy Farmers of Canada after the group expressed concern as Trump continued to single out Canada’s supply management system as an example of Canada’s unfair treatment of American farmers.

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    Cozy your nethers up to the rears of dictators, aggressively assail your allies for daring to stand up to themselves against your stupidity.

    That seems to be the Republican way, now.
     
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    S O C I O P A T H.
     
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    I'd say he's more of a bully... a childish, churlish, ignorant bully
     
  4. Onomatopoeia In a word: Brilliant

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    Yep. He'll do this to one of his allies just because they stood up to him on the international stage, but he'll suck up to and laud Kim Jong Un and refuse to discuss the human rights issues in North Korea.
     
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    Murder a few journos and starve your own people and Trump will like you again. No biggie
     
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  10. Yami Munesanzun I am now having ALL teh segzy.

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    If Trump wasn't so incompetent and disliked by his own military brass, this might be a declaration of war.
     
  11. mr_shadow Minister of State Security Moderator

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    Canada has the unfortunate distinction of sounding similar to Carthage. :maybe
     
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    There comes a time when even if he is part of your party (not me, thankfully) that you need to stand up to him and tell him he is a FUCKING MORON :yell!

    FUCK YOU, TRUMP AND REPUBLICANS :yell!
     
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    Trump = snowflake confirmed.

    :hestonpls
     
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    i dont think calling trump snowflake is appropriate lol

    if i shot my self in the foot, then people laughing, then i got mad because they laugh at him

    this is cartoonish stupidity.
    not some snowflake
     
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    Alt Right calls people who get triggered over small things snowflakes.
    Trump for triggered over such a harmless comment of Trudeau and now is throwing temper tantrum over it instead of behaving as an adult.
    So yes he is a snowflake.
     
  20. makeoutparadise I will have my revenge

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    What exactly he gonna do. Impose an international embargo against Canada?
     
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    I be surprised if Trump knew what Carthage is but we are going to burn Canada to the ground and salt the earth so no Maple Trees ever grow...
     
  24. The people of Canada with their Tim Hortons cups: ok....
     
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    I wonder how the right-wing Canadians will respond to this?
     
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    Unfortunately, right on the mark.
     
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    Interesting. In most countries siding with the outside threat would be a bad move, even without picking sides attacking the interior with Hannibal ante portam would be , but I have to admit I have zero point zero zero zilch idea on the political culture in Canada outside of Trudeau memes.
     
  30. Catalyst75 Well-Known Member

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    The irony is that Doug Ford, of all people, said that Trudeau has his full support on trade.

    I think it is a split at the moment: some conservatives will stand by the Prime Minister in this situation, while others will just use it as a tool to attack the Prime Minister.
     
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