White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Sunday that the U.S. trade dispute with Canada is a “family quarrel,” and brushed aside concerns expressed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“To say that this is an attack on Canada is not right,” Kudlow told “Fox News Sunday.”
“I think he’s overreacting,” Kudlow said of Trudeau. Kudlow also said the steel and aluminum tariffs on U.S. allies “may go on for a while” or “they may not”, because the matter is subject to negotiation.
In an interview on NBC Sunday, Trudeau again blasted the Trump administration’s decision, calling the tariffs an “affront” to the historic alliance between the two nations.
“I’m having a lot of trouble getting around the idea that this entire thing is coming about because the president and the administration have decided that Canada and Canadian steel and aluminum is a national security threat to the United States,” Trudeau told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd.
Trudeau will host the G-7 summit of world leaders in Quebec later this week. President Trump is scheduled to attend.
“Our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II, on the mountains of Afghanistan and have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in some of the most difficult places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow, this is insulting to that,” Trudeau said.
“The idea that the Canadian steel that’s in military vehicles in the United States, the Canadian aluminum that makes your, your fighter jets is somehow now a threat.
“The idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is, quite frankly, insulting and unacceptable,” Trudeau said.
Kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, said the friendship between the United States and Canada has nothing to do with the tariffs.
“I don’t think our tariffs are anything to do with our friendship and longstanding alliance with Canada,” Kudlow said.
“This is a trade dispute, if you will. It can be resolved, if people work together.”