Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Kudlow Blames Trudeau for ‘Betrayal’ Before North Korea Talks

Kudlow Blames Trudeau for ‘Betrayal’ Before North Korea Talks

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow continued the war of words between the Trump administration and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday morning.

"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Despite the apparent acrimony, Mr Macron said the G7 -which groups the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - has succeeded in coming up with a joint declaration on trade.

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our USA farmers, workers and companies".

Navarro wasn't the only top Trump adviser to use his appearance on a Sunday talk show to take pot-shots at Trudeau for daring to respond to the president's tariffs.

"[Trudeau] went out of his way to try to downplay tensions", said White House reporter Michael Shear.

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec.

That move was met with criticism at home, including from Republicans, and announcements of retaliatory tariffs from USA allies.

Trump said he discussed the idea of eliminating tariffs with his G7 counterparts.

Trump also called for Canada to drop all trade tariffs, such as the one created to protect Canada's small dairy industry, and threatened more trade action if Canada did not acquiesce.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the other G7 members stand by the communique and all that was agreed upon.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump", Navarro insisted.

By ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision.

He blamed past world leaders, including past presidents, for that situation, but said the current crew - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - now know that the "gig is up".

Prior to his arrival on Friday, the president injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G-7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation, which was ousted from the group in 2014. "And it doesn't help US citizens understand the disruption in our economy that is actually coming from more technology and more automation, not from free trade agreements - which have overwhelmingly benefited American families". From his plane, he launched insults at the prime minister, calling him "very dishonest and weak". "President Trump made it clear, time and again, in those two days outside of Quebec that he wants to reinstitute a process of free trade, no tariffs, no tariff barriers, no quotas and subsidies".

"In the name of the Western allies, he ought to come out today and wish President Trump well in the negotiations, instead of taking potshots at us", Kudlow said.

France and Europe are standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said, adding anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

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