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

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7

But the president broadsided his allies after leaving the meeting by disavowing a joint statement the USA had agreed to, criticizing Trudeau and vowing tariffs on automobiles.

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 USA allies at the G7 in Quebec.

A German government spokesman also said that Berlin stands by the jointly agreed G7 communique in which leaders underlined the crucial role of a rules-based global trading system and promised to fight protectionism.

Yet the US President and his aides have lashed the leader of America's neighbour, longtime ally, Five Eyes member and G7 Summit host with language usually reserved for rogue nations just before the bombs begin to fall.

But the Canadian prime minister's post-conference criticism Saturday was "a betrayal" that required a response from Trump, to avoid showing weakness on the eve of talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he added. One scene at the very beginning of the gathering of presidents and prime ministers of the biggest industrialised nations set the mood for facing the brash Trump. The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs.

Kudlow also said Trump wasn't going to let Trudeau push Trump around.

He was reacting to Trudeau's declaration that Canadians would "not be pushed around" and would hit back at punishing United States tariffs on metal imports with "equivalent tariffs".

When asked if the president shares his views, Navarro said that the sentiment came from "Air Force One".

In another tweet, Trump continued to say, "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.' Very dishonest & weak".

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", Trump tweeted Monday morning in Singapore".

Mr Trump had already left the summit when Mr Trudeau announced retaliatory measures Canada would take next month in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" there is a "special place in hell" for any leader who engages in "bad faith diplomacy" with President Donald Trump. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did". Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

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Trade dominated the two-day summit that began on Friday with leaders of Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Britain and Italy returning to the topic repeatedly in meetings, at a lavish dinner and by a fireside pit late into the evening.

"I have every desire to see our negotiations with Canada continue productively and beneficially, but Prime Minister Trudeau is sabotaging that cause by driving both sides into their corners instead of encouraging a more diplomatic dialogue", Krishnamoorthi continued.

His comments came after a new interview on Sunday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave, in which she said the European Union would follow through on its plan to implement retaliatory measures in response to Trump's recently announced steel and aluminum tariffs.

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