White House adviser: Trudeau remarks ‘betrayal’

Jun 12, 2018, 03:25
White House adviser: Trudeau remarks ‘betrayal’

Two points of the joint communique formulated by the G7 members were not negotiated with the U.S. president, but that didn't prevent the Canadian prime minister from announcing that all member-states had reached common ground on the final statement.

The president ruffled feathers at the G7 summit, not backing down from stiff tariffs on aluminum and steel imports.

"I have made it clear to [President Trump] that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

Trudeau fires back on May 31 over the tariffs being applied on the premise Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S.

"State of the Union" host Jake Tapper asked Kudlow what right Trump and other USA officials had to be offended by Trudeau's comments, given the dispute.

"It was agreed by all parties who attended G7", declared the spokesman at a Westminster press briefing.

The joint communique was published online before Trump tweeted his disapproval after comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the new trade tariffs. "What we have is a country here in the United States, which has the lowest tariffs in the world, lowest non-tariff barriers in the world", said Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, on CNN in March.

Ahead of the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a joint press conference with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron.

After some intense discussion, Justin Trudeau was desperately trying to hammer out a Communique proclaiming the G7 a success with some common ground. He vented his sentiments on Twitter just minutes after Trudeau's announcement with a scathing invective calling his host "very dishonest & weak".

The verbal volleys by Navarro and Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, picked up where Mr. Trump left off Saturday evening with a series of tweets from Air Force One en route to Singapore for his nuclear summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"Kim must not see American weakness", he told CNN. "He can't do that".

But Kudlow probably didn't help the message he was sending to the Canadian leader by once referring to him as "Pierre Trudeau".

The Canadian leader then described as "insulting" Mr Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify tariffs. According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with United States (guess they were bragging and got caught!). The president also repeated claims that Canada overtaxes American dairy products under its supply management system and complained about Canadian automobiles flooding the USA market. At one point he wrote, "Justin acts hurt when called out!"

He also asked why he should allow countries to amass "Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" They report a really high surplus on trade with us.

Trudeau was quick with his riposte: "So I'd say NAFTA is in good shape".

Trudeau has so far not commented on Trump's tirade.

While not defending Trump's choice of words in his tweets, some Republican lawmakers said the president is justified in pointing out trade imbalances with allies who have long benefited from USA military spending.

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