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Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada

White House Economic Adviser: Canada's Trudeau 'Stabbed Us In The Back' France warns Trump over 'fits of anger' after G7 statement u-turn
Jeannette Daniel | 11 June, 2018, 07:03

Mr. Trudeau, along with other leaders of the G-7, have criticized Mr. Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum to stop the allies from taking "advantage" of the U.S.

Donald Trump's top economic adviser is accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of betraying the USA administration hours after the president himself launched insults at the prime minister, calling him "very dishonest and weak" and all via Twitter.

Trudeau hasn't responded directly to Trump and White House advisers' insults, instead touting on Twitter Sunday morning the accomplishments of the summit and the goals of the G7 communique Trump ditched. Yet after leaving the summit, Trump tweeted that he would instruct US officials not to endorse the G-7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Trudeau.

When pressed on how exactly Trudeau may have betrayed the US, Kudlow revealed that the White House was interpreting Trudeau's comments as a stunt created to threaten Trump's much-anticipated upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week. "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said. Kudlow added that Trump was "not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around" ahead of the North Korea summit.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to United States tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday", White House trade adviser Peter Navarro echoed Kudlow's comments and said Trudeau's post-conference comments were in bad faith.

Trump had set a very confrontational tone ahead of the summit by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada and the European Union, and calling for Russian Federation to be let back into the summit.

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Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit". He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique.

Trump's comments come after a feud erupted between his administration and Trudeau. Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

The president's team asserted that Trump and his team had agreed to the Communique in good faith, but now it is unclear what trade agreement will be reached amongst the coalition.

Trudeau told reporters that he had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. "We're the closest partners in the world and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything".

James Brander, an global trade expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said Freeland's comments were meaningful.

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. "We don't think that that is a useful or productive way to do business".

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