Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

'SPECIAL PLACE IN HELL': Trudeau blasted by Trump adviser after G7 stunt

Donald Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement, slams Trudeau Trump says US not to endorse G7 communique
Deanna Wagner | 10 June, 2018, 20:29

Bashing the leader of one of America's venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time.

When Mr Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back against the U.S. president's protectionist policies.

Apparently incensed by remarks about US tariffs at the closing press conference on Saturday by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Trump - who had already left the gathering in Quebec - tweeted that he had instructed USA officials not to endorse the final communiqué, which had already been agreed and published.

European members were expressing solidarity with Trudeau the day after Trump's Twitter blast. "I'm arguing Trudeau picked the fight", Kudlow said.

"This is an historic event".

"This agreement.is good news and it marks a collective desire to stabilise things", Mr Macron said.

That prepared the ground for Trump's attack on the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and the U.S. withdrawal from a communique on trade negotiated in an attempt to defuse tensions over Trump's protectionist policy. He did not comment on the conflict during a series of photo-ops with world leaders in Quebec City on Sunday morning.

On Saturday night, Trudeau spokesman Cameron Ahmad said on Twitter: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

In an interview taped just prior to Trump's two tweets, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that in private, Trump was "absolutely" listening.

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Asked about Trump's tweets and the future of the G7 late Saturday during a photo op in La Malbaie, Trudeau declined to respond to several questions.

"Potus [the president of the United States] is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around - push him, Potus around, on the eve of this", economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's State of the Union.

Trump and European allies are also at odds over Trump's decision to pull the United States out of the deal in which Iran curbed its disputed nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief, and the Paris climate change accord.

"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", he said. "Very dishonest & weak", he said of Trudeau. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said.

Navarro said Trump did Trudeau a "favour" by merely attending the summit in Canada and "was even willing to sign that socialist communique".

In a flurry of tweets from Air Force One, Trump - on his way toa meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - also announced that he was withdrawing his support from the declaration. The rhetoric was particularly striking given Trump's positive words this week about Kim, a brutal totalitarian.

Trump had roiled the G-7 summit with his insults and threats toward Canada and Europe and with his call for Russian Federation to be invited back into the group. He added further tension by giving a news conference, upon his early departure, in which he again criticized his allies' trade practices.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back".

"He did a great disservice to the whole [Group of Seven (G-7)]", he added.