Senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada - 6/13/2018 8:45:02 PM

German Chancellor Angela Merkel center details policy to US President Donald Trump seated at right during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie Quebec Canada on Saturday

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For the first time in decades, one of the world's most durable and amicable alliances faces serious strain as Canadians absorb Donald Trump's insults against their prime minister and attacks on their country's trade policies.

U.S. -Canada relations have rarely been more strained.

Canadian, Mexican and European Union steel shipments to the USA are slapped with a 25 per cent tariff, while aluminum is hit with 10 per cent tariff.

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Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said he hoped Freeland would return home and share with Canadians "that the view of the president is not the view of all the American people" or a majority of senators. "I've been called worse things by better people", the elder Trudeau replied.

Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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Many royal watchers took notice of the criticism and came to Markle's defense, calling her "stunning" and "classy" as always . Prince Harry visited New Zealand for the first time in 2015, and the Duchess has also previously travelled in the country.

The Trump administration's justification for tariffs on national security grounds "is, frankly, absurd", Freeland said, speaking at the US Capitol after a meeting with senators.

"I believe very strongly that it is important for those of us who believe in liberal democracy - and I think that includes the overwhelming majority of Canadians - for us to strike back", she said.

Vacationers said they would be staying up north this summer instead of booking trips to the US.

In a tough speech Wednesday night, Freeland criticized Trump, without mentioning him by name, for ignoring the "rules-based" trading system whose "principal architect" was the United States.

Trump's remarks came amid worsening relations with his allies following the recent G7 summit which German Chancellor Angela Merkel described as complicated and disappointing.

"You may feel today that your size allows you to go mano-a-mano with your traditional adversaries and be guaranteed to win", she said.

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten agreed the summit was a positive step forward, "even if some of the images were certainly unusual". Moon said that he expects the Trump-Kim talks to "become a historic milestone on the path toward peace away from war".

The squabble escalated over the weekend at the G7 meeting of economic powers in Quebec when Trudeau said in a news conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the USA and called the tariffs "insulting".

The EU has "a $151 billion surplus" which it should use to fund "military", said Trump Monday, referencing what Trump believes is the US' outsized financial contribution to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Subsequently, Trump said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

"We applaud Prime Minister Trudeau's effort in helping us in the world", Menendez said he told the foreign minister.

"Given Canadians" well-known instability-their currency is called the "loonie'-there can be only one solution: We are going to build a wall from ME to Alaska-and Ottawa is going to pay".

After President Donald Trump derailed the USA relationship with longtime ally Canada, launching a trade war and exchanging barbs with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadians chose to boycott Trump in solidarity with their leader.

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