'Special place in hell': Trump's top advisers accuse Trudeau of betrayal

Leroy Wright
June 11, 2018

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow and his trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday for "betraying" the United States and engaging in "bad faith diplomacy" at this week's fractious G7 summit.

US President Donald Trump - now in Singapore - continued his personal tweeting attack against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, with the assertion that "Justin acts hurt when called out!".

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said Thursday on Twitter.

Donald Trump threw insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter after rejecting the G7 summit statement on Saturday.

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

The joint statement of the G7, which Trump has said he would not endorse, highlighted the importance of "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment". But that didn't stop the Twitteratis from drawing inferences about the kind of "power dynamics" was at play at the Summit, where Trump seemed to not be in sync with the rest of the USA allies, as was perhaps evident by his decision to not endorse the joint statement. John McCain, who said Americans would continue to stand with the nation's historical allies.

President Trump left the meeting half-way, warning the G7 nations that if they don't remove trade barriers with the USA, they will face consequences.

"Mr. Trudeau had sought to play down personal clashes with Mr. Trump as he wrapped up the summit, calling the meeting "very successful" and saying he was 'inspired by the discussion.'", the paper adds.

Navarro was referring to the prime minister's announcing after the Group of Seven meeting Saturday that Canada will "not be pushed around" by the USA with its decision to slap tariffs on some imports from Canada and other countries.

"We have to have deals that are fair", Trump said.

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The percentage increases range from just under 6 percent in DE and over 57 percent in North Dakota. North Dakota had the highest increase, at almost 58 percent over the studied time period.

The actions of Trump have been severely criticised by French President Emmanuel Macron.

She said: "The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course sobering and a bit depressing".

Krishnamoorthi warned that "by driving both sides into their corners instead of encouraging a more diplomatic dialogue", the Canadian prime minister is sabotaging trade negotiations between the US and Canada.

"Mr Trump set an antagonistic tone for the summit by announcing, just prior to it, steep tariffs on Canadian and European steel and aluminium", it said.

That prompted Trump to blow up all the goodwill gained at the G7 Summit by trashing the host and claiming the United States would not endorse the summit communique.

Mr Trudeau did not immediately respond, but his office said on Saturday after Mr Trump withdrew support for the communique that the Prime Minister had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to Mr Trump before.

Trump also took aim at North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for relying too heavily on the USA for their security.

In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Kudlow argued that Trudeau's critique amounted to a betrayal of the G7, as well as the U.S.

Asked about Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, according to reporter Daniel Dale, "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

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