Justin Trudeau isn’t having a good month. The prime minister of Canada has already been mocked by President Donald Trump for appearing weak, and just took another hit from one of the rising stars of conservatism in America.
The refugee-loving, frequently crying Canadian liberal did his best to project a tough posture during the recent G-7 summit of large economic nations that took place in Quebec, but ended up being overshadowed by … well, almost everyone.
“Justin Trudeau is the Canadian Obama,” quipped Candace Owens, the Turning Point USA communications director who became a household name after gaining the admiration of Trump and rapper Kanye West (yes, we live in strange times).
Justin Trudeau is the Canadian Obama.
It’s equally as hilarious to watch him pretend that he’s a leader. He looks soft and is soft.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) June 10, 2018
“It’s equally as hilarious to watch him pretend that he’s a leader,” Owens continued. “He looks soft and is soft.”
Trump had similar harsh words for the Canadian figure. As he prepared to jet off to meet with Kim Jong Un for possibly the most important international summit of this decade, Trump joined in the ridicule of Trudeau.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” the president declared.
“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G-7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around,’” Trump also said.
“Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”
Those tweets were in response to complaints made by Trudeau about proposed tariffs on goods that are produced in Canada and sold in the United States. Trump has long insisted that a variety of past agreements are unfair to the U.S., and pledged to balance them with tariffs of his own.
“The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades,” Trump said Saturday, according to Sky News.
He also clarified that removing tariffs would be ideal, but that America would not be taken advantage of with one-sided trade agreements.
“You (ideally) go tariff free, you go barrier free, you go subsidy free,” he said. “I did suggest it and people I guess were going to go back to the drawing board.”
As Trump pointed out in his tweets, however, lopsided tariffs put in place by other nations already exist.
While the two nations trade in a fairly balanced way, Canada may stand to lose the most from a quid-pro-quo escalation in tariffs. According to U.S. government figures, the United States exports more goods to Canada than we import from our northern neighbor.
“U.S. goods and services trade with Canada totaled an estimated $673.9 billion in 2017,” stated the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
“Exports were $341.2 billion; imports were $332.8 billion. The U.S. goods and services trade surplus with Canada was $8.4 billion in 2017,” the office reported, but also noted that exact numbers were hard to measure.
In other words, Trump may hold all the cards in this game. If Canada wants to stay competitive, it may have no choice but accept a more fair trade arrangement with the United States.
Owens and Trump are right: Trudeau seems very weak, and acts like a schoolboy trying desperately to impress the “bigger kids.”
The Canadian liberal talks a big game but rarely delivers — and being compared to Obama in that way is definitely not a compliment.