White House blasts Trudeau over G7 statements

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2018

The European Union on Monday backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after U.S. President Donald Trump branded him "dishonest" and "weak" following a weekend Group of Seven summit of leaders.

After Trump left the event, he launched a scathing attack on Canada's tariffs, while Trudeau called the USA president's steel and aluminum imports tax "kind of insulting", and insisted that Canadians "will not be pushed around" when it comes to further talks.

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meet finished on Saturday with the USA president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed a joint communique.

Later, on Sunday, two of Trump's top advisers ramped up the criticism of the Canadian leader, with the White House's top trade adviser, Peter Navarro, saying there is a "special place in hell" for Trudeau.


Mr. Trump's tweets taking aim at the leader of a country that has always been a USA ally came after the President left the G7 summit in Canada to travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, CNN reported. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One".

Trump's comments come after a feud erupted between his administration and Trudeau. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

With U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the centre of the dispute, the back and forth has intensified since just before the start of the month - when the Americans imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands next to Trump, also with folded arms, as French President Emmanuel Macron leans in next to Merkel.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Merkel to push back against the U.S. president's protectionist policies.


"He really kind of stabbed us in the back".

At a rare solo news conference before heading to Asia, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures", given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

Saying Trudeau's statements are "amateurish" and "sophomoric" only "for domestic consumption", Kudlow said it was Trudeau's remarks that had prompted Trump to pull out of the joint communique. "So we need to increase our defence budget".

Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the USA tariffs are "insulting" and Canada "will not be pushed around".

Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, R-Neb., said in a statement: "If the president is actually serious about leading the expansion of a G-7 no-tariff, free-trade agreement, that's tremendous, tremendous news - for the US and for the free nations of the world".


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