Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says


Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says

Cheryl Sanders
June 13, 2018

"I used language that was inappropriate, and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said. "I own that; that was my mistake, my words".

Mr Trump said he chose to back out of the G-7 communique after watching Mr Trudeau's closing summit news conference, at which he warned that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs - a point the Canadian prime minister had made several times before.

"Very dishonest and weak" he claimed, adding in a separate tweet: "I have instructed our United States reps not to endorse the communique".

U.S. President Donald Trump answers questions about the summit with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un during a press conference at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Singapore. Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, tweeted "there is a special place in heaven" for Mr. Trudeau.

Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says

"Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak".

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

Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, took things further Sunday morning, saying on CNN's "State of the Union" that Trudeau's comments amounted to a "betrayal".

"Obviously we support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement", Trudeau said Tuesday as he arrived on Parliament Hill for his weekly cabinet meeting.


Chrystia Freeland, Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister, told reporters in Quebec on Sunday: "Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

Asked if these were statements from the President, Navarro said they were his words, but that they reflected "the sentiment that was on Air Force One".

And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Mr Trudeau, jabbed at Mr Trump on Twitter: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane".

But Mr Trump insisted it would be an "asset" to have Vladimir Putin back at the summit table.


Mr. Trudeau especially objected to the Trump administration's justification of the tariffs, saying Ottawa isn't a national security threat to Washington.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada; he learned", Trump said wagging his finger. "We just shook hands!"' Mr Trump said.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North. Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the USA duties on metal.


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