In tiff over tariffs with Trump, Americans favor Trudeau

June 20, 2018

More Americans see themselves aligned with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over trade policy than with U.S. President Donald Trump, a Global News/Ipsos poll released on June 16 has found. The results were released even as the tiff over tariffs between the two leaders—which escalated into a Trumpian Twitter battle after the G7 meeting in Toronto—continues to simmer.

Based on the findings, Trudeau enjoys a 20-point advantage over the U.S. president among Americans when it comes to which leader respondents think is better handling the discussions over tariffs and other trade issues, The Hill reports. Fully 57% of the 1, 005 U.S. respondents told the researchers that they support Trudeau’s actions, compared to just 37% who said the same for Trump.

Over 70% of those who participated in the poll think that the ongoing issue of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration has caused a significant breach in relations between the two formerly close allies. Indeed, Trump stunned many Beltway pundits by rebuking Trudeau after the Canadian PM announced reciprocal tariffs to match the U.S. duties on steel and aluminum following the summit of world leaders last weekend.

“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 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 tweeted while on his way to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“Very dishonest & weak,” the president added. “Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

The poll results come on the heels of another survey from Monmouth University, which determined that most U.S. adults believe that Trump has a better relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin than with any other world leader.

Research contact: @Ipsos

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