Trump again scolds Trudeau, says his criticism will cost Canada 'a lot of money'
June 12 at 7:40 AM Email the author
SINGAPORE â" President Trump reprised his criticism of Canadaâs prime minister here Tuesday, threatening that Justin Trudeauâs tough exchanges with him over trade policy would âcost a lot of money for the people of Canada.â
Trump said he departed the Group of Seven summit that Trudeau hosted in Quebec late last week on âvery friendlyâ terms with his six counterparts, including the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain.
âWhen I got on to the plane, I think that Justin probably didnât know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions,â Trump said. âAnd I see the television, and heâs giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. I say, push them around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly.â
Trump said he was retaliating against Canada with countervailing tariffs, saying of Trudeau: âHe learned thatâs going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada. He learned.â
Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
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President Trump waves as he boards Air Force One in Singapore June 12, 2018. (Ministry of Communications and Information, Singapore/Handout via REUTERS
Trump was asked about the contrast between the respect he accorded Kim here Tuesday and the hostility he showed Trudeau in recent days, and what he would say to those who worry he is treating Americaâs longtime friends, such as Canada, as enemies and its longtime enemies, such as North Korea, as friends.
âI thi nk itâs a very fair question,â Trump said. âI had a very good meeting with the G-7. And I left the meeting, and Iâll be honest, weâre being taken advantage of by virtually every one of those countries very seriously.â
Trump said a photograph released by German Chancellor Angela Merkelâs spokesman that went viral captured a friendlier mood than what the snapshot conveyed to many analysts.
âThe picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where Iâm sitting there like thisâ â" Trump said, crossing his arms â" âthat picture, Iâm waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document.â
Trump continued: âIt was very friendly. I know it didnât look friendly; it was reported as nasty both ways, I was angry with her â" actually, we were just talking, the whole group, unrelated to everything, very friendly, waiting for the document to come back.âSource: Google News Canada | Netizen 24 Canada