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

Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends

Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak ahead of the historic summit with Kim.

In a tense interview today with CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union", Trump's economic advisor Larry Kudlow lambasted Trudeau.

Trudeau had announced that the G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - had agreed upon a joint communiqué, or formal statement, after a hard week on trade issues.

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.

President Trump started his day in Singapore on Monday where he blasted the Canadian Prime Minister and slammed North Atlantic Treaty Organisation just after meeting with the U.S. allies at the G7 in Quebec. He let out multiple tweets calling the Canadian leader "meek" and accusing him of making "false statements" yesterday evening.

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies". Canada, and Trudeau, stabbed American in the back, they say.

The move infuriated White House staff on Air Force One, because Trudeau had sent more conciliatory signals while meeting with Trump in person during the summit, according to White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro.

The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the United States, the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy.

The success led even Mr Trump to momentarily abandon his anti-Canadian posturing, telling reporters Mr Trudeau had hosted a wonderful summit and their relationship was "very good". "Canadians are polite, we are reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around".

The Illinois Democrat acknowledged that Trudeau's tough talk with Trump may play well domestically, but said it would have longer-term negative implications.

His tweets came after he left early from a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr. Trump.

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

"To be honest with you, Prime Minister Trudeau, I respect".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that while he's not an expert on the matter and agreed with critics that Russian Federation has been a bad actor, it's worth considering bringing the country back in the G8.

Donald Trump (L) gives a thumbs up to the media as he is greeted by Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. "Our Tariffs are in response to his 270% on dairy!"

US President Donald Trump, apparently still fuming over "dishonest and weak" Justin Trudeau for threatening to respond to US tariffs in kind, took to Twitter to slam the Canadian PM again and vent his anger at the tight-fisted EU.

"Business confidence, and subsequently capital spending, is at risk if this tension continues through the summer", said Tai Hui, J.P. Morgan Asset Management Chief Market Strategist for Asia Pacific.

Kim Jong-un "must not see American weakness", Kudlow said, shaking his jowls in a very Nixonian fashion.

A New York Times reporter who was present at the Trudeau press conference tweeted Sunday that he didn't understand what remarks Kudlow was referring to when the economic adviser said Trudeau stabbed the the back.

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