Trump, Trudeau-Macron engage in Twitter spat ahead of G7 Summit

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 08 Jun 2018, 09:07 am Print

Trump, Trudeau-Macron engage in Twitter spat ahead of G7 Summit

Washington/Ottawa: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron have got themselves engaged into a Twitter spat with US President Donald Trump just ahead of the Group 7 Summit this weekend, media reports said.

Lashing out at Trudeau and Macron, Trump had tweeted, "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow."

Hitting back at Trump, Macon tweeted, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force."

In a follow up tweet, Trump referred to Trudeau as "indignant".

Trump tweeted, "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

In a joint press conference with Macron on Thursday, Trudeau said: "This is not about the American people. We have to believe that at some point their common sense will prevail. But we see no sign of that in this action today by the U.S. administration."

The US and Canada have been at the loggerheads ever since the former imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union (EU).

The imposition became effective from Friday last week.

Trump originally imposed tariffs in March and had earlier exempted Canada, Mexico and the EU to buy time for negotiations. However, the negotiation time has expired on Thursday last week.

Countering Trump administration, Trudeau has imposed tariffs on imported steel, aluminium and other products from the US.

In a tweet on Friday, Trudeau said: "Canada will impose tariffs against imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the US – we are imposing dollar for dollar tariffs for every dollar levied against Canadians by the US."

Criticised the US' move to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, the Canadian PM tweeted, "American tariffs on Canadian aluminum & steel are unacceptable. As we have said, we will always stand up for our workers, and today we’re announcing retaliatory measures to this attack on our industry."

(Reporting by Suman Das, Image:,