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Trump, Trudeau trade fight: Map of Canada exports to US

12 June 2018

Conspiracy theories, jokes and memes started bubbling up after the Canadian Prime Minister's eyebrows appeared uneven during his press conference with French president Emanuel Macron.

Dairy has emerged as the latest flashpoint between the USA and Canada as they renegotiate the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. Mulroney began working with Trudeau a year ago.

Mr. Trump's actions led to an extraordinary juxtaposition: an abrupt public feud and deterioration of ties between the USA and Canada at the same moment as warm words and a detente between the US and North Korea. Still, numerous Canadian officials, including Trudeau's spokesperson, noted that he said nothing new or anything that hadn't been discussed with Trump in private.

May warned of the risks of a tit-for-tat escalation of the trade dispute and said Britain continued to support the G7 communique, which mentioned the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

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Tensions between Canada and USA leaders ran high even before the weekend's G7 summit that was held primarily in Charlevoix, Que.

It's unclear what additional action the US would take against Canada.

Leave it to U.S. President Donald Trump to bring Canadian Liberals and Conservatives together! Pre-summit reports from the White House suggested that the president even considered skipping the summit altogether. Tagging President Trump, he tweeted: Others just took the opportunity to laugh.

"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory tariffs measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

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But when asked about Trump's latest comments about Canada, Trudeau would say only that he's focused on defending Canadian jobs and interests.

Trump called the prime minister "dishonest" and "weak" on Twitter, and denounced a joint G7 communiqué that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said affirmed a commitment to "rule-based trade order".

He added: "I actually like Justin, you know, I think he's good, I like him, but he shouldn't have done that".

A theory that Justin Trudeau has fake eyebrows took over the Internet on Monday.

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"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with Donald J. Trump", said Peter Navarro, a top Trump trade advisor. And we were waiting for the document to come back so we could read it. "The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate".

Trump, Trudeau trade fight: Map of Canada exports to US