White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

Erika Holt
June 11, 2018

After Trump left the summit early to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Trudeau conducted a press conference in which he said Canada would not be pushed around by Trump's tariff threats.

Trump, who departed the summit early, also accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being "very dishonest" in his condemnation of USA tariffs.

Trudeau said at the news conference that while the G-7 meeting was "very successful", Canada could impose retaliatory tariffs on us products.

G7 allies seemed as perplexed as Canada at the sudden diplomatic row, and Germany and France accused Mr Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

"He ought to come out and apologize in the name of the western allies", Kudlow said of Trudeau.

US President Donald Trump waves as he arrives to board Air Force One to depart for travel to Singapore from the Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. He had criticised United States tariffs at a press conference, as Trump was leaving early to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. "Very dishonest & weak", he said of Trudeau.

"It is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said. But, Trump's defenders today say that he is simply standing up for America.

Trudeau also said that Canada will go ahead with retaliatory tariffs from July 1, according to CNN.

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In response, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter, calling him "dishonest & weak".

Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, Mr Maas said.

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", he continued.

Tensions threatened to boil over when French President Emmanuel Macron, on the day before the start of summit, said the other 6 countries might sign a joint statement without the U.S.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with reporters Sunday regarding the rhetoric from Trump administration advisers Larry Kudlow and Pete Navarro, who spent the morning savaging Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the morning talk shows.

"Not to sign a statement of solidarity, which stands for everything that we stand for, is a big mistake", Feinstein said.

The remarks have enraged U.S. President Donald Trump. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed USA trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

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