Trump aide says Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

After Mr. Trump's departure from the G-7, Mr. Trudeau held a press conference Saturday stating that all of the member nations, including the US, had signed a communique pledging to lower tariffs and other trade barriers.

US President Donald Trump has refused to endorse the Group of Seven leaders' summit statement in retaliation to what he has called "false statements" from the Canadian Prime Minister, despite the communique having already been released to the public.

Trump made the comments in tweets from Air Force One as he headed to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Kudlow accused Canada Sunday of making polarizing comments about the United States' trade policy, and said that Trump had to pull out of the joint scommunique because the Canadian prime minister has "stabbed us in the back".

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

Mr Trump responded by tweeting en route to his next summit, in Singapore, that he had instructed U.S. officials "not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles".

Mr Kudlow suggested Mr Trump saw Mr Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around".

"He held a press conference and he said the U.S.is insulting".

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Mr Trump had earlier denied that the summit had been contentious, contradicting what one G7 official described as a bitter harangue between the US President and his counterparts over tariffs. Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and the other leaders clashed with Trump over steel and aluminum tariffs as well as his decision to abandon a deal with Iran to limit its nuclear program.

White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro had even harsher words for Trudeau. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox News, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

What did Trudeau say to warrant Kudlow's claims?

Ford also tweeted in standing "shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and people of Canada" he said "my number one goal is to protect jobs in Ontario, starting with my unwavering support for our steel and aluminium workers".

CNN's Jake Tapper interjected: "So this was about North Korea?" "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this (G7) statement". "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip".

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close United States ally and neighbour.