Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump's top advisers accuse Trudeau of back-stabbing after G7 summit

Trump's top advisers accuse Trudeau of back-stabbing after G7 summit

The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on US trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea. Trudeau told reporters that the statement was supported by every member, but Trump's Twitter message Saturday withdrew US support for the communique.

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". "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270 percent on dairy!" the U.S. president tweeted. "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the (hash) G7 summit, " spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.

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

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close US ally and neighbor. "Of course. But that doesn't mean you reject what the G-7 stands for and just move out and ignore it".

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., accused Trudeau of endangering the economies of both the US and Canada.

On Saturday, Trump arrived late for the first working session on gender equality but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forged ahead with opening remarks without him, commenting wryly about "stragglers".

In the communique, the group of major industrial nations - Canada, the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany - had initially agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. Kudlow suggested on "Face the Nation" that Mr. Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president won't "allow the people to suddenly take pot shots at him".

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"That's what weak dishonest Justin Trudeau did", he added.

President Trump's chief economic adviser accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing the US and fellow G-7 negotiators in the back with "amateurish" verbal attacks during a domestic press conference.

Donald Trump's trade adviser, Peter Navarro, insisted on Sunday that the president was "willing to talk to any world leader".

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", the office of the French president Emmanuel Macron told AFP in a statement on Sunday. Then you carry your eyes toward the border of the picture and spot French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May. Trump tweeted in response. But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the United States market if they retaliate against his tariffs. "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them, " he said.

Trudeau said he had reiterated to Mr. Trump, who left the G7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

He called Canada's actions a "betrayal". Trump continued to ruffle feathers by threatening to end all trade with G-7 nations if they did not retool their "unfair" trade practices with the United States. "But the president starting a trade war is stupid and hurts Americans".

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