Pompeo downplays feud between United States and G7 allies

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2018

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered some support for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the fallout from the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Quebec, but she stopped short of condemning critical comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade adviser.

After the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau - most specifically the US president's Twitter tirade against Trudeau, whom he has called "dishonest" and "weak".

Trump's tirades came on Saturday after a tense G7 summit in Quebec, where Trudeau at a summit-ending news conference criticized the president's tariff threats.

"I get into Air Force One, the television's on, and I see a news conference being given by [Trudeau]", Trump said of leaving the G-7 summit held in Canada this weekend.

Peter Navarro, President Donald Trump's hardline trade adviser, walked back inflammatory comments about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday at a conference in Washington, DC.


On Monday, MPs in the House of Commons approved a motion denouncing Trump's name-calling tirade and endorsing Trudeau's decision to stand his ground against USA tariffs and tweeted presidential threats.

"I see the television that he's giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States".

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen says her party is united with the Liberals when it comes to defending Canada's trade interests. But the trolled Prime Minister had his staunch supporters too. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

Trump said a photograph released by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman that went viral captured a friendlier mood than what the snapshot conveyed to many analysts.

"In conveying that message I used language that was inappropriate and basically lost the power of that message", Navarro said.


"Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak", Hayden said on CNN's New Day Monday.

In reality, the United States has a small surplus with Canada when goods and services are considered - $341.2 billion to Canada's $325.9 billion, according to 2016 statistics from the USA trade representative. "We just shook hands!'" Trump said Tuesday.

Michael Hayden, the former Central Intelligence Agency director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, blasted President Donald Trump Monday as "unstable" following his actions at the G-7 summit in Canada this weekend.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric".

"[Trump] wants to move all of that manufacturing back to the States, [but] we don't have people to actually do this work", Heyman said.


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