Monday, 18 June, 2018

Trump Rejects G-7 Statement, Claiming Trudeau Is 'Very Dishonest and Weak'

Karina Roman Senior Reporter Parliamentary Bureau Karina Roman Senior Reporter Parliamentary Bureau
Deanna Wagner | 11 June, 2018, 06:06

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.

Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with "polarizing" statements on us trade policy.

When Wallace pressed if the "strong words" Navarro had for Trudeau came from Trump, Navarro said "those are my words, but they are the sentiment that were on Air Force One". He said Canada has to stand up for itself.

Mr Trump's looming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heightened tension, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Mr Trudeau of betraying Mr Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak on the eve of the historic North Korea summit.

The fireworks started after Trump departed a summit meeting in Canada of the Group of 7, a gathering of seven nations with highly developed economies.

Throughout the summit, photographers captured photos of the tension between Trump and other world leaders. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest.

President Trump's chief economic adviser accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing the US and fellow G-7 negotiators in the back with "amateurish" verbal attacks during a domestic press conference.

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He added that Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around ... on the eve of this - he is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea".

Trump and Trudeau's feud only got worse this weekend after remarks made by both parties following the G-7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec. "He should pull back on his statements, and wish President Trump well in the Korean negotiations".

"As a representative of IL, a state with one of the most important trade relationships with Canada, I have every desire to see our negotiations with Canada continue productively and beneficially, but Prime Minister Trudeau is sabotaging that cause by driving both sides into their corners instead of encouraging a more diplomatic dialogue", Krishnamoorthi said.

"To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values", McCain tweeted.

"I think in the case of the auto sector, I worked with the Bush and Obama administrations to help bail out that sector during the global financial crisis", Harper said.

"Right now the President is actually driving our allies away from us", he said on CBS's "Face the Nation".

French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".