Freeland hits back at Kushner following book release, calls Trump a bully

Freeland hits back at Kushner following book release, calls Trump a bully
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Chrystia Freeland, center, and the chief of staff of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Fernado Romo, listen to White House senior adviser Jared Kushner during an event to sign an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement, at the national palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Dec. 10. 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marco Ugarte

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says former U.S. President Donald Trump used “bully” tactics during negotiations for a new North American free-trade agreement more than two years ago.

Freeland is responding to a characterization of herself as a frustrating and difficult negotiator in a new memoir by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Freeland was the foreign affairs minister at the time and as such was Canada’s chief negotiator in the talks.

In his book Breaking History, Kushner accuses Freeland of purposely stalling negotiations and speaking publicly about the talks against the wishes of the White House.

Asked about the book’s characterization of her, Freeland says when faced with a bully, you simply cannot back down.

She says Canada’s best asset in those negotiations was a united front on the talks presented by Conservative premiers and the federal Liberal government.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 25, 2022.

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