A new trade deal had been signed by the leaders of the USA, Canada and Mexico. This comes after several disagreements and a tense relationship between Trump and Trudeau. Trump had earlier called Trudeau a weak and dishonest person. He had also accused Canada of burning the White House.
The new trade deal was signed after 14 months of negotiation. The leaders appeared to have a cordial relationship as the agreement was signed, but the link does not look as warm as it was before.
Trump called the deal a model agreement that would change trade as we know it. Trudeau urged Trump to remove punishing tariffs on aluminum and steel from Canada. The Canadian news media presented the deal as a sign that there was a temporary truce.
Canada won concessions that included a system for resolving disputes for companies are that feel that they had been targeted unfairly with taxes. Canada will also receive exemptions from future American tariffs on about 2.6 million vehicles that are imported from America. Canada agreed to crack open the dairy market that had been long protected.
In June, after a G7 meeting, Trudeau ended the session by saying that Canadians are nice but won’t be bullied. Trump replied by calling Trudeau a feeble person and a liar. The director of the White House trade office, Peter Navarro then responded and said that there was a special place in hell for Justin Trudeau.
Canadians were angered at the insults thrown at their Prime Minister, and his approval ratings even soared ahead of the elections next year. Some Canadians boycotted summer vacations to parts of the USA, and they boycotted some American products. A lot of Canadians were happy that Trudeau stood up to Trump.
But Senior Canadian officials said that Mr. Trudeau was not angered in any way by Mr. Trump’s insults, and he was instead working for open, multilateral world order. Trump and Trudeau have often been on opposite sides on issues like immigration, women rights and climate change.
Early this month, Trump was heavily criticized for missing a World War 1 commemoration ceremony because of poor weather. Video clips of Trudeau attending a ceremony in pouring rain were soon shared online.
A lot of Canadians see Trump as a bully. Their perception of him as a bully increased after he imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on Canada. Trump framed this move as necessary for national security. But Canadian foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland retorted that the pretext of national security is insulting and absurd to Canadians. Canada retaliated by placing import duties on industrial pipes, ballpoint pens and about $12.6 billion of American products.
President Trump has said that he does not like Freeland, but she and the United States trade representative Robert Lighthizer had become friendly during months of talks and Freeland had even hosted Lighthizer at her Toronto home.
The Canadian government took a lot of time before posting the trade deal on their website as they said that their lawyers were going over the deal. The trade deal also included concessions over Canada’s protection of its dairy market, thus making things favorable for American farmers to sell milk, cheese and other dairy products to Canada. This had always been a major talking point for Donald Trump.