Donald Trump Has a Go at Allies After Discordant G7 Summit

Cheryl Sanders
June 14, 2018

If Donald Trump was counting on Justin Trudeau to bend to USA trade demands after a series of verbal attacks on the Canadian prime minister, it's not working so far.

"Let me correct a mistake I made", Navarro said at a conference in Washington hosted by The Wall Street Journal.

"My mission was to send a strong signal of strength", Mr Navarro said at the event.

"The problem was that in conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate", he said.

The backstabbing charge seems over the top, but the White House's contention is that Trudeau ought to have capped the G-7 summit by talking about Trump and the U.S.

The tweetstorm is the latest fallout from a bad-tempered G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, in which the President found himself at odds with numerous leaders present, largely over his planned tariffs on a range of goods, including steel and aluminum.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.

But Trump's announced tariffs, and bald faced attacks against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the G7 summit, have stunned Canada.

In return, Trump accused Trudeau of being "weak and dishonest" and instructed USA representatives not to endorse the G7 joint communique.

Senior White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, on the upcoming G7 summit.

Days later, Trump said that he had left the summit at that stage and was aboard Air Force One en route to Singapore when Trudeau gave the press conference.

The G7's other attendees fear a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

"I actually like Justin, you know, I think he's good, I like him, but he shouldn't have done that", Trump said.

"We've had American tariffs that have been put in overnight, Mr. Speaker. Kim must not see weakness". "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

US-Canada relations have rarely been more strained. Trudeau's comments centered around Trump's lack of understanding when it comes to worldwide trade.

US President Donald Trump went on with his criticism against some of Washington's closest allies following an unusually tough G7 meeting in Canada.

Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government's advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau's approach, refusing to react to "the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts".

The Canadian Prime Minister initially said Trump's claims that Canadian steel posed a national security threat were dishonest.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", Trump told reporters Tuesday in Singapore.

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. Trump reportedly pointed to specific trade deficits, particularly in the trade of goods, as evidence that the other leaders were taking advantage of the US.

"I'll tell you this", he added.

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