White House slams Canadian PM Justine Trudeau; accuses him of betrayal

Blanche Robertson
June 14, 2018

"No biggie", the Twitter account Trudeau's Eyebrows (yes, that's an actual Twitter account) tweeted.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland called the metal tariffs "illegal and unjustified".

Donald Trump has been tweeting about his excitement to meet Kim Jong Un while pushing USA allies further away with trade war threats. Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..."

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", Trump tweeted, as he criticized Canadian tariffs on imports of United States milk.

Kudlow said the USA and Trump was prepared to sign the G-7 communique drafted during the meeting until Trudeau "stabbed them in back" and made Trump look weak as prepared to meet with North Korean leader in Singapore.

Two points of the joint communique formulated by the G7 members were not negotiated with the USA president, but that didn't prevent the Canadian prime minister from announcing that all member-states had reached common ground on the final statement. Kudlow said the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around". Can't do it in person.

Trudeau said the communique has "strong commitments about the actions we are going to take". If it is fake, I have little hope for Canada while he is in charge.

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The purely symbolic vote of solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said: "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated. Navarro later clarified that his comments were "the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that".

President Trump did the courtesy to Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. Big trade barriers against USA farmers, and other businesses, will finally be broken. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter had destroyed trust and Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together. "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said. I've worked with him in good faith getting through a good communique on Friday and Saturday.

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

"In general, it was an attack on the president", he claimed.

The Americans' criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement. "We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them... shows their incoherence and inconsistency".

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