White House Trade Adviser Peter Navarro had even harsher words for Trudeau. “The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151bn, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out”.
Mr Trudeau didn’t respond to questions about Mr Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel today for meetings with other world leaders.
The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration’s move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.
“(Trudeau) really kind of stabbed us in the back”, Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Trump to Canada, said on CNN’s “State of the Union”.
Tensions between the USA and its G7 partners over trade and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal were rife ahead of the summit which had been dubbed by some as “G6 plus one”, referring to an isolated US.
“We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing”, he said at a press conference as his G7 counterparts continued their two-day meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec, and officials hammered out a joint communique.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s office on Sunday stressed the need for calm heads after the G7 summit ended in a fiasco in the Canadian town of Charlevoix.
“Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run, and in the G-7 which used to be the G-8, they threw Russian Federation out”, he said.
Trump and Trudeau exchanged barbs after a highly contentious G-7 meeting resulted in a press conference in which Trudeau promised not to be pushed around.
Led by the United States, the group kicked out Russian Federation in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.
Trump stressed re-admitting Russian Federation to a club of industrialized nations would be good for all countries.
“The G20 helpfully has more countries that have a stake in the economy of the world, including the G7”, he told Reuters.
Trump said at his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau he believed the seven nations can hammer out a final communique.
Nearly as an afterthought, Trump – now in Singapore for a summit with North Korean leader Kum Jong Un – tweeted: “Great to be in Singapore, excitement in the air!”
“We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies”, they said in the statement. “That there are no grounds whatsoever for bringing Russian Federation with its current behaviour back into the G7”, said Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.
He said US representatives will examine the tariffs on automobiles coming into the country and bemoaned the Canadian tariffs that affect American companies and farmers.
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of the president on foreign policy, also tweeted, “No, Russia should not be added to the G-7”.
The US President’s announcement, made after he left the summit in Canada early, torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its allies.
He said Trump had done Trudeau the “courtesy” of traveling to the summit when “he had other things, bigger things on his plate”, referring to Trump’s June 12 summit with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un. Trump has said that Russian Federation should have been readmitted to the negotiations.