Markets

Trump advisers blast Trudeau with 'unprecedented' language: political scientist

Trump advisers blast Trudeau with 'unprecedented' language: political scientist

"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", Navarro said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

The remarks apparently upset Trump, who had left the conference early to travel to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trudeau, on the June 3 episode of NBC's "Meet the Press", uses stronger words to characterize Trump's tariffs - "The idea that Canadian steel that's in military vehicles in the United States, that makes your fighter jets is somehow now a threat. the idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable".

After the G-7 summit, Trudeau hosted a news conference where he said that the Canadian government "did not take" the US tariffs against Canada lightly.

Trump had told Trudeau any retaliation would be a mistake and the prime minister agreed that it was "not something we want to do".

In tweets, Trump insulted Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister who as an MEP now co-ordinates Brexit talks for the European Parliament, mocked Mr Trump's temper and supposed closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a series of tweets.




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 USA leader look weak on the eve of the historic North Korea summit.

When asked if the president shares his views, Navarro said that the sentiment came from "Air Force One".

In the two tweets that ended US support for the joint G-7 statement, Trump accused Trudeau of having made "false statements" during a prior press conference. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore.

"He did him a favor", Navarro said.

But unity was torn apart when the U.S. president took exception to Mr Trudeau calling U.S. policy "insulting". Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

But that sense of solidarity extends further than Trudeau's approach this weekend, said Watt and other Canadian political insiders from across the ideological spectrum. UK Prime Minister Theresa May stood with Trudeau on the issue of trade. I've worked with him in good faith getting through a good communique on Friday and Saturday.

CNN's Jake Tapper interjected: "So this was about North Korea?"

"In general, it was an attack on the president", he claimed. If it is fake, I have little hope for Canada while he is in charge. From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

But with the summit ending in a war of words, Abe's attempt to defuse the conflict over US trade policy during the meeting apparently had little effect on Trump after all.