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

Trudeau 'stabbed us in back' on trade, says Trump chief economic adviser

Trudeau 'stabbed us in back' on trade, says Trump chief economic adviser

Trump and the White House are upset that Trudeau told reporters that Canada would stand firm when it came to new US tariffs and "not be pushed around".

"Of course it was", Kudlow condescendingly insisted.

Kudlow was speaking following the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday.

Having left the G7 summit in Canada early, Trump's announcement on Twitter that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

Trump said in another tweet that Trudeau was "meek and mild" during their private meeting, only to hold a news conference calling the us tariffs "insulting".

Navarro was referring to the prime minister's announcing after the Group of Seven meeting Saturday that Canada will "not be pushed around" by the USA with its decision to slap tariffs on some imports from Canada and other countries.

But the president also felt he couldn't be pushed around by the Canadian leader on the cusp of a major summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

In his interview Sunday, Kudlow accused Trudeau of making his comments for "domestic political consumption" and doing "a great disservice to the whole G7".

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back, " Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union, " referring to Trudeau.

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"That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", Navarro said.

A Democratic congressman chastised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday for "sabotaging" trade negotiations as the fallout from this weekend's tense G7 summit continues, lending President Trump some bipartisan support as the war of words between the two countries escalates.

But this time, and on the issue of trade, Doug Ford is 100 per cent with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Twitter, Mr. Trump called his remarks "very dishonest and weak", citing Canada's imposition of tariffs on dairy products.

"He did him a favor", Navarro said. "So he holds a press conference - the president is barely out of there on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us, he starts talking about the U.S.is insulting Canada", Kudlow said. In a pair of tweets, Trump slammed Trudeau for being inconsistent and announced that the US would not sign the joint statement.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Sunday in response to questions about Kudlow and Navarro's comments that she is thankful she is "not responsible for explaining the reasoning behind any comments made by the officials of any foreign government".

"He ought to come out and apologize in the name of the western allies", Kudlow said of Trudeau.

In the week leading up to the the G-7 Summit President Trump engaged in the most Trumpian sort of diplomacy: he very publicly attacked out closest allies. Does he wear the makeup in the family? Trudeau will now pop up as a result.

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