White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

Minnie Murray
June 11, 2018

Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest" for denouncing American tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, and announcing, as Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had a week prior to the G7 summit, that Canada would retaliate with its own tariffs on American goods?

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News Sunday.

Trump agreed with the language in the communique from the summit in Canada Friday and Saturday, but took offense at criticism of US tariffs by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his news conference after Trump left early.

The insult came in one of two blistering attacks by Trump's top aides for what they saw as Trudeau's betrayal of the president at the end of the weekend's G7 summit. He will miss the climate session of the G7 summit. With German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaning in toward a seated Trump in the summit's iconic image, the G7 leaders managed to carve out a joint communique with some differences.

Trump insisted relationships with allies were a "10" just before he left the summit.

He said the trade deficits that the USA faces "with virtually every country in the world" is the fault of past leaders. You can go back 50 years frankly.

Trump said he doesn't blame the current leaders, but he had a sharp warning for them if they don't work with him to correct what he sees as an unfair situation.


The US president argued that the invasion and annexation happened a long time ago and that a G8 (G7 plus Russia) makes more sense than the G7. And French President Emmanuel Macron called on the group to be bigger than petty insults and continue to build consensus for the sake of their common goal.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all the countries of the current G7".

"We're looking for peace in the world, we're not looking to play games". "Canada, thank you for the ideal organization of G7!"

"In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", she said. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union". "As an example, 270 per cent, nobody knows that".

The statement made no mention of Russian Federation being invited back into the group from which it was kicked out of in response to its 2014 annexation of Crimea despite Trump's insistence that the club would be better off if brought Russian Federation back into the fold.

Heading into the leaders' summit in La Malbaie, Que., there were deep concerns the G7 alliance was fast becoming a G6 plus one because of a widening gulf between the USA and the rest of the group in key areas such as climate and trade.

The other G7 leaders will meet without Trump for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and worldwide development. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

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