23:58 GMT +321 October 2018
Listen Live
    Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, October 25, 2016.

    Nuka Cola Anyone? Trump Appointees Roll Out Vicious Verbal Barbs Against Ottawa

    © REUTERS / Chris Wattie
    World
    Get short URL
    9108

    Less than two weeks after US videogame developer Bethesda announced a new mysterious installment in its Fallout franchise - the backstory of which prominently features nuclear war with China and a US annexation of Canada - US relations with its northern neighbor hit 50-year low overnight amid a trade war with Beijing.

    You might want to restock your two-hundred year supply of Nuka Cola and oil up your T-51b Power Armor, because what used to be a work of fiction for two decades since original Fallout's release has suddenly become reality at an alarming pace.

    Just one day after US President Donald Trump bashed Canada with a proposal of creating a tariff-free zone, including zero tariffs on Canadian dairy (which would kill the Canadian agricultural sector), Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a news conference in which he reiterated his position that the US-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum are unacceptable, saying the "Canada will not be pushed around."

    "I highlighted directly to [Trump] that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry," Trudeau said.

    "Particularly, [they] did not take lightly that it's for a national security reason that for Canadians […] who stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far off lands in conflicts from the First World War onward, it's kind of insulting."

    "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around," Trudeau affirmed.

    Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders hold meeting in Charlevoix
    © REUTERS / Adam Scotti/Prime Minister's Office/Handout via REUTERS
    Trump, who left the G7 summit before Trudeau's remarks, reacted in his usual fashion by immediately tweeting from aboard Air Force One that he instructed his staff not to endorse the G7 communique that the US, up until that moment, had agreed to be a part.

    "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!," Trump tweeted.

    ​One minute later, the bellicose US president attacked the Canadian prime minister for apparently making statements behind Trump's back.

    "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around." Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

    ​What followed after can easily be described as being similar to sharks triggered by a nearby fish.

    Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, and one of his top aides on trade, Peter Navarro, unleashed — in lockstep with their boss — strong criticism against Trudeau.

    Talking on a CNN TV show, Kudlow called Trudeau's statement a "betrayal" ahead of the "historic" summit between Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong Un.

    "POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this," Kudlow promised, adding that Trump "is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea."

    "Kim must not see American weakness," Kudlow assured CNN, adding that Trudeau "should have known better" and "really kind of stabbed us in the back."

    "You just don't behave that way. It's a betrayal. Essentially double-crossing," the Trump appointee continued.

    Further into the interview, Kudlow called Trudeau's form of diplomacy "sophomoric" and "amateurish."

    While Kudlow's words were tough, they were mostly weighed in tone, which was not true for Trump appointee and US foreign policy isolationist Peter Navarro, who grandstanded verbally in a colorful although alienating way.

    "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. And that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did," Navarro raved on Fox News, before going full-on attack mode.

    ​"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One," Navarro rhapsodized.

    "That was one of the worst political calculations of any Canadian leader in modern Canadian history. All Justin Trudeau had to do was to take the win. President Trump did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. He had other things, bigger things on his plate. He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communiqué, and what did Trudeau do? As soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace, Trudeau stuck our president in the back. That will not stand."

    To make sure that the Trump talking points were clear to even the smallest intelligence, Navarro called Trudeau's comments "nothing short of an attack on our political system."

    As The Star noted, this is the first time in half a century that the White House has publicly slammed a Canadian Prime Minister in such harsh tones and such personal terms.

    In 1971, then-president Richard Nixon used the expression "son of a bitch" to refer to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (the father of the current Canadian PM), but did it behind closed doors, and this fact did not become public until 2008. The only US president to consistently clash with a Canadian leader was John F. Kennedy, who had a long record of personal animosity toward then-PM John Diefenbaker.

    Related:

    'Border Turned Into Revolving Back Door Into Canada for Illegals' – Journalist
    French Squeeze: Macron Beats Trump at Round Two of Handshake Game in Canada
    Canada Warns Refugees Against Heading North as Trump Tightens US Immigration
    Trump: 'I Love Canada, but They Treat Us Unfairly on Trade'
    G6+1: Rift Between Trump and His EU Allies, Canada Steadily Deepening
    Tags:
    tariffs, international relations, interview, G7, Larry Kudlow, Peter Navarro, Justin Trudeau, Donald Trump, Canada, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik
    • Сomment