Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Canada row escalates over Trump tweets

Canada row escalates over Trump tweets

"He was polarizing. He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow, who literally at times was shaking with rage, said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Trump and Trudeau have been sparring over trade in recent days after the USA imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada and the EU.

Trump's bombshell tweet came after G7 nations appeared to have papered over the cracks in their alliance at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, where Trump defiantly brandished his "America First" agenda.

Following the G7 summit, Trump set off for Singapore to meet with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..."

Though the USA appears increasingly isolated from its allies, Trump on Saturday insisted that his relationships with other leaders remains "great".

"We don't want to stand alone in the world", Feinstein said on CNN's State of the Union. "But I don't see any fundamental problem in the Canadian-American trade relationship". That was Justin Trudeau's late father, who served several terms as Canada's prime minister, starting in the late 1960s.

Trump's apparent threat to end US trade deals with top allies came as he feuded with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders over the trade war he instigated late last month.

I've worked with him in good faith getting through a good communique on Friday and Saturday.

And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Mr Trudeau, jabbed on Trump on Twitter: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane".

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea -" Kudlow added.

Trump announced yesterday he was backing out of a joint statement made by the countries that attended this weekend's G-7 Summit in Canada, after Trudeau gave a press conference in which he said Canada planned to retaliate against the Trump administration's recently-announced tariffs that will commence July 1. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace, Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

In a news conference after the summit, the Canadian leader had reasserted his opposition to the United States tariffs, and vowed to press ahead with retaliatory moves on 1 July. John McCain who responded with a very different message for US allies: "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't". "Let us be serious and worthy of our people", French President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement obtained by Le Monde. "I'm arguing Trudeau picked the fight", Kudlow said.

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