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Trump slams Trudeau, says United States won’t endorse G7 communique

Trump aide says Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’ Watch Trump Economic Adviser Attack Trudeau with False Claim Canadian Leader 'Stabbed Us in the Back'
Deanna Wagner | 11 June, 2018, 11:44

Within minutes of the official release of the document, Trump attacked Trudeau online over what he described as the prime minister's "false statements" during the closing news conference - and the president announced the U.S. would no longer endorse the communique.

US President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, at Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, in Canada, June 9, 2018.

In response, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter, calling him "dishonest & weak".

The difference with this week's falling-out is that while Mr Nixon had kept his caustic character assessment of his counterpart private, Mr Trump's outburst of personal contempt for Trudeau Jr was broadcast to the whole world.

What did Trudeau say to warrant Kudlow's claims?

It also covered other issues including relations with Russian Federation.

I've worked with him in good faith getting through a good communique on Friday and Saturday. "We don't think that that is a useful or productive way to do business".

French language daily Le Journal de Montreal said Mr Trudeau "became the scapegoat of Donald Trump and his advisers".

U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as having betrayed the United States and making Trump look week ahead of the highstakes summit with North Korea. "Our Tariffs are in response to his 270% on dairy!"

Mr Trudeau's office responded to Mr Trump's Twitter barrage with a carefully worded statement.

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Trump yesterday declared that the young dictator had a "one-time shot" to bring his country in from the cold with the summit. Victor Teo, professor at the University of Hong Kong, believes "North Koreans are upbeat, but careful at the same time".

The US President's announcement, made after he left the summit in Canada early, torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its allies.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back, " Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union, " referring to Trudeau. Great meetings and relationships with the six Country Leaders especially since they know I can not allow them to apply large Tariffs and strong barriers to... United States of America.

By May 2017, the Trump administration announced its intention to renegotiate the trade pact in Americans' favour, arguing Canada had out-manoeuvred previous administrations.

Mr Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that while he's not an expert on the matter and agreed with critics that Russian Federation has been a bad actor, it's worth considering bringing the country back in the G8. We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them, once their back was turned, shows their incoherence and inconsistency.

The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticised the United States president's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applies to us", Trudeau said at a press conference closing the summit.

More broadly, Trump officials have repeatedly said that the USA has the lowest trade barriers in the world to bolster their argument for imposing tariffs on other countries.

The result was a slow-rolling collapse of the fragile alliances at the summit.