Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lashed-out at President Trump Thursday just hours after he announced new tariffs on foreign steel, saying his nation was prepared to announce “retaliatory” tariffs on American goods.
Trudeau addressed the nation in a formal address Thursday, calling Trump’s tariff’s “totally unacceptable” and a violation of over 150 years of trade and military cooperation.
“Today we found ourselves the target of punitive targets on Canadian aluminum and steel… Let me be clear these tariffs are totally unacceptable. For 150 years Canada has been the United States’ most steadfast ally,” said Trudeau.
“The numbers are clear, the United States has a $2 billion trade surplus in steel trade with Canada,” he added. “That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable.”
Watch Trudeau’s comments above.
TRUDEAU TANKS: Canadian Prime Minister SAVAGELY MOCKED for India Trip DISASTER
Canadian Prime Minister and liberal “darling” Justin Trudeau was severely mocked -and at times harshly criticized- for his recent visit to India; with his country’s Indian and Sikh community slamming the left-wing leader’s actions and clothing as “insensitive” and “stereotypical.”
The Canadian First Family’s visit was riddled with cultural and political mistakes from the start; with Trudeau’s wife unknowingly posing for a photograph with a Sikh separatist convicted of an assassination plot against a prominent Indian leader.
“Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously,” Trudeau said after the photograph. “The individual in question never should have received an invitation. As soon as we found out, we rescinded the invitation immediately.”
The criticism went from bad to worse, with many on social media mocking the Prime Minister’s choice of “traditional” clothing; saying “FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood.”
Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/xqAqfPnRoZ
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 21, 2018
Have any foreign leaders arrived toCanada dressed in Mountie costumes? https://t.co/LaIaycGPCo #TrudeauinIndia pic.twitter.com/DvShaYlnWP
— Mark O'Henly 🎶 Don’t Stand So Close To Me 🎵 (@SeeClickFlash) February 19, 2018
TRUDEAU TURNS: Canadian PM Now SUPPORTS TRUMP on NAFTA
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hinted Thursday that he now supports President Trump’s revamped NAFTA program; backing the US leader after recent polls showed the liberal politician losing support throughout Canada.
According to Yahoo News, Trudeau signaled his support for a revised version of the North American Free Trade Agreement this week, telling reporters there was a “high chance” of reaching a new deal.
“We have a high chance of reaching a win-win-win deal for Canada, the United States and Mexico,” said the Prime Minister. “With the pressures of the elections in Mexico, and the US elections, if we could announce something at the Summit of the Americas, that would be great.”
Trudeau’s comments come days after new polls show him losing support in Canada; with the Conservative party gaining ground in recent surveys.
“All of a sudden, we saw this drop,” said the chief executive of Abacus Data, an Ottawa polling firm. “It’s the first time since Trudeau became prime minister that we have results showing the Conservatives slightly ahead.”