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Mulroney — who was prime minister when each the unique Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement have been negotiated — stated the Canadian facet should not let static from the White House distract from the extra critical enterprise of managing the commerce relationship with the U.S. and finishing high-stakes negotiations on a brand new NAFTA accord.
“I’ve never seen language like this. Least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally,” he stated. “This, I’ve never seen before. Nor has anybody else.”
Mulroney additionally stated Trudeau’s phrases within the closing hours of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Que. — those that appeared to have despatched the president right into a rage — have been hardly sudden.
“All Mr. Trudeau was doing was, in a rather gentle way, articulating the position of his government, which would be the position of any Canadian government in these circumstances,” he stated.
“So I don’t view it as lethal…. International negotiations, they have their ebbs and flows. This is an ebb.”
The former PM stated Trudeau could be sensible to keep away from partaking in a Twitter brawl with the president, and added the federal government’s plan to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. merchandise is a wise response.
“Somebody puts a tariff on your products, you put a tariff on theirs. Now, how it’s received on the other side is something else — but that’s life.”
Canada-U.S. relations appeared to have reached their lowest level in additional than a era after Trump tweeted Saturday that he was withdrawing help from a G7 joint communique, whereas complaining he had been blindsided by Trudeau’s criticism of U.S. tariffs at a closing G7 information convention.
As he flew from Canada to Singapore Saturday night time, Trump took to Twitter to label Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak.”
Trump’s advisers piled on over the weekend, with White House commerce adviser Peter Navarro telling Fox News that “there’s a special place in hell” for Trudeau. Trump’s financial adviser, Larry Kudlow, instructed Trudeau’s feedback by some means made the president look weak on the eve of a summit assembly with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
“POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around … on the eve of this,” Kudlow stated. “Kim must not see American weakness.”
Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-06-11 18:17:22, as ‘Mulroney says he is ‘by no means seen something’ like Trump surrogates’ assaults on Trudeau