Trump Lashes Out at Trudeau’s ‘False Statements’ on Trade: ‘Very Dishonest and Weak’


On Saturday, President Donald Trump yet again responded to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau using his favorite platform: Twitter.

Earlier on Saturday, Trudeau said that he would “with absolute certainty” impose retaliatory tariffs on the United States in response to Trump’s tariffs on steel and aluminum, which the Trump administration imposed in the name of national security.

In response, Trump clapped back against Trudeau on Twitter, writing — without calling Trudeau out by name — “The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies. While sending their product into our country tax-free. We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades — and that is long enough.”

Then, a while later, he made sure Trudeau got the message, writing — this time using his first name — “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!”

That tweet, in itself, is a huge deal because Trump agreed — along with the other leaders — to sign the important Communique before he left and then reneged just hours later.

But then, he used his full name.

Trump’s latest tweets follow a number of pre-G7 Summit tweets in which he sparred with both Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Those tweets also centered on trade.

Trump tweeted on his way to Singapore where he is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and appeared, at least on Twitter, optimistic about the outcome.

Vice President Mike Pence also seemed hopeful that progress would be made at the North Korea summit, noting that Trump had been preparing for the historic event his “whole life.”

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