Canadian government still won’t back down after Donald Trump tweets
Anti-G7 protests in Quebec were small and short-lived. In the end, the biggest disturbance to the G7 actually came after the summit itself.
President Donald Trump showed up late, left early and then reversed his decision — in a tweet — to support the common measures the other leaders agreed on. So what does that mean for future diplomacy between the two countries?
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“Canadians are polite; we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, taking a firm stance at the end of the G7 summit.
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On the brink of a full-out trade war between Canada and the United States, the PM sat down with Trump at the summit in Charlevoix in a one-on-one meeting about trade and NAFTA. It didn’t result in any consensus and now it appears Trump is furious with Trudeau.
After leaving the summit early, Trump then tweeted: “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @g7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left.”
In another tweet, Trump revoked his support for the common measures the other leaders agreed on.
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More attacks came on American TV Sunday morning. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, a Trump trade advisor lashed out at Trudeau.
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“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door,” said Peter Navarro.
However, the prime minister is also getting support from both sides of the border — and from people whose support he wouldn’t normally expect.
Alberta’s leader of the United Conservative Party, Jason Kenney, tweeted his agreement with Trudeau.
“On the trade deal south of the border, we stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and our federal counterparts,” said Premier-designate Doug Ford.
Even Republican senator John McCain tweeted his support.
What does this feud mean for the relationship between the two allies and the future of NAFTA? The Canadian government is hoping for the best, according to Canada’s foreign affairs minister, but it’s not backing down.
“We regret that the U.S. has done this and we are absolutely convinced, today more than ever, of the necessity of a clear, resolute, strong, firm Canadian response,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland.
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