Some Americans say friendly ties with Canada will persist despite Trump tirades

Canada looks to ride out Trump trade storm

Trudeau's closing news conference at the Group of Seven leaders' summit in Quebec this weekend sparked a flurry of reactions from the Trump administration after the prime minister said the US decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on national security grounds was "insulting".

Trump said he chose to back out of the G7 communique after watching Trudeau's closing summit news conference, at which he warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point the Canadian prime minister had made several times before. "I think we'd have no choice".

But he called Mr Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" in tweets following the summit on Saturday.

In Vermont, where Trump is particularly unpopular, a few choice words from the president won't keep people away from a popular weekend getaway on either side of the border, says one keen observer.

Canada is preparing to impose retaliatory tariffs on American steel and aluminum at the end of the month. "I expect that Canada would be resolute in response - we sell the USA about as many cars as we buy".

"I don't care how mad, how angry you are, you don't treat the head of state of another country like that unless you are getting ready for a military engagement of some kind", he said.

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Donald Trump's trade adviser is apologizing for saying there's a "special place in hell" for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau because of his "bad-faith diplomacy" during the G7 summit in Quebec. For the first two months after the tariffs' imposition, the USA exempted Canada, the European Union and Mexico - so Canada had about a year to prepare.

Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it's willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that "what's at stake is just so much bigger than our pride". "There's no question it would be felt". Approximately 85 per cent of those vehicles are exported, with the vast majority going to the U.S. The most popular models shipped to the U.S. include the Toyota RAV4 and the Honda Civic, both assembled in Ontario plants. They take effect July 1.

"It's not an economically feasible prospect to import vehicles to the US market in a 25 per cent tariff situation", she said. Significant foreign investment in Canada is also linked to its access to the United States market.

The tariffs threaten an ever-shrinking sector in Canada that lost 53,000 jobs between 2001 and 2014. In 2008, Mexico surpassed Canada for the first time to become the second-largest North American producer of light vehicles, according to the Center for Automotive Research. Canadians are "polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said. "Having said that we are aware that investigation on autos under Section 232 has been initiated. He learned", Trump said wagging his finger. "The escalation is starting to happen", Schuster said.

Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said Canada has worked hard for decades to establish good relations with the USA and "we have no interest in turning up the heat".

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