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Casey Dawson
June 15, 2018

President Trump unloaded on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this week; slamming the "meek and mild" leader after he publicly criticized Trump's decision to slap hefty tariffs on his nation's exports.

Senators from both parties sought to mend a frayed relationship with Canada during a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

USA exports of goods and services to Canada supported an estimated 1.6 million jobs in 2015, according to the Department of Commerce.

She never mentioned Donald Trump by name, but he was in her sights from the moment she loaded her speech with a rebuke of Trump's populist tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum under the bogusly contrived guise that it was an American security issue.

The committee's Republican chair, Sen.

OTTAWA-Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland ventured Wednesday onto Donald Trump's home turf, denouncing his "absurd" tariffs and forcefully arguing for preservation of the world's rules-based order-with or without the United States.

"I do think it's an abuse of presidential authority to use the 232 waiver, and I've tried to pass a piece of legislation on the floor to counter that", Corker said after the meeting with Freeland.

Navarro made the fiery remarks on "Fox News Sunday" after Trudeau held a post-G7 press conference in which he said that Canada will not be "pushed around" by the United States, and called Trump's tariffs on steel and aluminum "unjust".

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"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us", said Trudeau. Some Canadians are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to seek peace with the USA president.

"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.

Trump said he departed the Group of Seven summit that Trudeau hosted in Quebec late last week on "very friendly" terms with his six counterparts, including the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain. "But if history tells us one thing, it is that no one nation's pre-eminence is eternal". He said he made clear to Freeland that Democrats have a "totally different view than President Trump" about Trudeau.

"I get into Air Force One, the television's on, and I see a news conference being given by the prime minister of Canada", Trump said.

Some experts say the tariff would be imposed on completed cars while others say it would be charged each time a part crosses into the U.S.

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

Trump, who has called for a wall to be built on the USA southern border and paid for by Mexico as part of a tougher immigration policy, just days ago personally criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over a trade dispute.

Freeland also warned that authoritarianism was on the rise and Canada and its allies would have to step up to preserve liberal democracy around the world.

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