Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Reaction pours in after Trump's Twitter tirade against Trudeau


US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Saturday that he ordered his representatives not to sign the final communique of the Group of Seven.

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".

In Washington, the top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on U.S. trade policy that risked undermining the American leader on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

Trump announced yesterday that he would be renouncing support of the joint communique made at the end of the summit, which was a declaration of shared values and goals by the seven countries - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - that attended.

On Sunday, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro told Fox News that Trudeau "deserves a special place in hell" for trying to "stab (Trump) in the back on the way out the door", after Trump left the G7 in La Malbaie, Que.

Freeland touted Canada's retaliatory measures several times as she referred to Trump's tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum as "illegal and unjustified" and disavowed "ad hominem attacks".

Trump fired back after Trudeau's press conference, blasting the Canadian leader on Twitter as "very dishonest and weak".

The outburst against Mr Trudeau, and by association the other G-7 members, is only the latest incident in which Mr Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Mr Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed USA trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

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Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new us tariffs.

Kudlow placed the spat with Trudeau in the context of Mr. Trump's historic summit with North Korea, saying there's "no way this president is not going to stand strong, number one, he's not going to allow for other people to suddenly take pot shots at him hours before that summit".

Kudlow called Trudeau's press conference a "sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption".

"It's going to change", said Trump.

Trump said he pushed for the elimination of trade barriers, including subsidies and tariffs, at the G-7 meeting.

Trudeau fires back on May 31 over the tariffs being applied on the premise Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S. - "Let's be clear: These tariffs are totally unacceptable".

"Simply put, the European Union invests more in the United States, buys more American services and employs more American workers than the other way around", the letter states. "Trudeau stuck our president in the back and that will not stand".

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