Justin Trudeau just fired back at Trump’s Twitter threats with powerful, defiant response

President Trump’s war of words with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau escalated this afternoon when the two leaders traded ultimatums – though one was clearly oblivious to what the other had done.

Trump took to Twitter to declare that he would “not allow” any other country to impose tariffs on the United States literally minutes after Trudeau announced he would be imposing retaliatory tariffs on the US, beginning July 1st.

Blistering with defiance, Trudeau sent a sharp warning to Trump, reminding him that “Canadians: we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”

The uncharacteristic aggression of Trudeau’s words highlights the strain that Donald Trump has unnecessarily poured onto the once rock-solid relationship between Canada and the United States with his nihilistic determination to start a trade war and trash the alliances that have maintained the balance of power in the Western world since the end of the Second World War.

President Trump’s recent imposition of enormously unpopular tariffs on our trading partners had been a major point of contention ahead of the talks, and this morning he doubled down on his reckless protectionism by delivering an ultimatum to the G7 summit:

“They have no choice. I’ll be honest with you, they have no choice. We’re going to fix that situation. And if it’s not fixed, then we’re not going to deal with these countries. We’re the piggy bank that everybody is robbing. And that ends” said Trump, threatening to cut them off from American markets entirely if they don’t reduce their trade barriers.

The president also renewed his call for the Russian Federation to be re-admitted to the G7, making it obvious that Trump is deliberately sabotaging our alliances with the rest of the western world and warming up to the Kremlin instead.

Trudeau was not pleased with that either.

Trudeau then moved on to subtly remind Trump how a real international leader behaves – by announcing a wonderful $3.8 billion investment in girls’ education across the globe and the signing of a Charter on Plastics in order to begin cleaning up our oceans and ensuring tragedies like the dead whale which was discovered with 17 pounds of plastic in their stomach.

The difference between the two leaders could not be more clear.

Colin Taylor

Managing Editor

Colin Taylor is the managing editor of the Washington Press. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice, equality, and universal health care in America.