Trump adviser says Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back' at G7 summit

Aaron Brown
June 11, 2018

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader that double crosses U.S. President Donald Trump.

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision to rescind support for the statement was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on USA companies.

Shortly after Trump departed the conference for Singapore, where the president is set to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, he took to Twitter to launch an unexpected tirade against the prime minister. Moving onto tariffs, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Trump's plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on key US trading partners.

G7 includes the seven leading industrialized countries of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

There has rarely been such a coordinated and acerbic series of attacks by White House advisers aimed at a US ally, revealing the extent to which Trump possibly felt slighted by Trudeau as he left for his North Korea talks.

Trudeau, who threatened retaliatory tariffs, also said Canada would not be "pushed around".

Kudlow said Trudeau had "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

"They are simply not playing fair - dishonest, weak", Navarro said, echoing some of the same words Trump used in his tweets.

He told the G7 leaders during the summit that the USA wanted a quick end to trade practices that he said have led to an exodus of American companies and jobs to other countries.

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Trudeau pledged retaliatory tariffs against the United States starting July 1 because Canadians will "not be pushed around".

"Mr. Trudeau had sought to play down personal clashes with Mr. Trump as he wrapped up the summit, calling the meeting "very successful" and saying he was 'inspired by the discussion.'", the paper adds.

The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said it stood by the communique.

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

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said last night that Mr Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr Trump. "Don't blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made". He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed US trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

"He held a press conference and he said the insulting".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: "We are focused on everything we accomplished at the G7 summit".

Trump rejected the text of a consensus statement, traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership, in angry tweets from Air Force One.

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