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White House economic advisor says Justin Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

White House economic advisor says Justin Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

On Twitter, Trump complained that Trudeau had criticized US trade policy - specifically USA tariffs on Canadian metals - after the Canadian premier had "acted so meek and mild" in their one-on-one meeting. "He did a great disservice to the whole G7".

Officially, the Trump administration used national security grounds to justify the tariffs, but Trump's clash with Canada may have more to do with a perceived personal slight than the facts of the bilateral relationship.

U.S. trade advisor Peter Navarro, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", reinforced that message. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

Later on June 9, after he left the G7 summit, Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets, likely while he was aboard Air Force One on his way to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - "Just left the @G7 Summit in lovely Canada".

A Trump adviser had suggested Sunday that Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before the meeting with Kim.

The United States and Canada swung sharply toward a diplomatic and trade crisis on Sunday as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".

Mr. Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs.

In his press conference, Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Members of Parliament gave unanimous consent for a motion backing Canadian steel and aluminium, hit by United States tariffs, as well as the supply management system that supports key agriculture sectors, and gave a standing ovation for the government response to the Trump administration's verbal attacks on Trudeau.

"The treatment of the president toward our prime minister was appalling", said McKenna, who was in Saint John Monday for a job announcement at TD Insurance.

He made this comment at the end of the G7 summit during a news conference on Saturday.




"That's what matters", he wrote.

Kudlow further called Kim as "crazy nuclear tyrant" as he urged the other members of G8 to support Trump.

"International cooperation can not depend on fits of anger or little words".

Reneging on the commitments agreed in the communique showed "incoherence and inconsistency", it said in a statement.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Mr Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

US President Donald Trump has renewed his attacks on America's closest allies following the divisive G7 summit in Canada at the weekend.

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Trump tweeted. And that comes right from Air Force One.

"After two days of intense negotiations and an even longer preparatory process at Sherpa level, the text reflects the values and policies that the European Union stands for ant that will continue to defend with our partners". "We would hope that the United States would similarly honour the commitments that they have made". "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements. "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

Ambrose said the government needs to consider what more it's willing to put on the NAFTA table, keeping in mind that "what's at stake is just so much bigger than our pride. They know it", he insisted in his departing news conference.

Gallant says he remains hopeful that the trade issues can be resolved to the benefit of both countries.


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