Larry Kudlow said that United States had planned to sign joint G7 communique until Trudeau made certain statements countering US’ economic interests.
Trudeau said Canada planned to retaliate after the Trump administration announced tariffs last month that will be coming as of July 1.
The US helped negotiate the joint communique and was “very close to making a deal with Canada” on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Kudlow said.
Kudlow said Kim must not see “American weakness” on the eve of the Tuesday summit.
The angry rhetoric seemed to catch some senior Canadian officials off guard, since they reportedly felt Friday’s bilateral meeting with Trump at the G7 was positive. Canada and Mexico are also taking action.
Two points of the joint communique formulated by the G7 members were not negotiated with the USA 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 accusation of backstabbing does not comport with Trudeau’s overall message, which was mild and echoed some of his previous statements.
Mrs May told the Commons that she made clear to Mr Trump that the levies were unacceptable – but she underlined the need for dialogue to stop the dispute from escalating. “Very dishonest & weak”, he said of Trudeau.
– Following Trump’s departure from the G7 summit, Trudeau says in a press conference that he told the USA president that his steel and aluminum tariffs were “kind of insulting”, that Canada “will not be pushed around” and that it would not hesitate to impose retaliatory measures.
“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks … and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally”, Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.
“Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around”, Mr Trudeau said.
“He really kind of stabbed us in the back”, Kudlow said. Trump is slated to meet for two hours alone with Kim, along with two translators. Navarro also said Trump attending the G7 in Canada was a “courtesy” to Trudeau and that the President had “bigger things on his plate” in Singapore.
“The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course. sobering and a bit depressing”, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday in a TV interview.
The public sniping at a sitting leader of state by White House aides shocked some veteran diplomats. He says that we are the problem with tariffs. “Most inept and shameless Administration since Harding”.
Kudlow’s and Navarro’s comments come on the heels of a tense G7 summit that left relations with USA allies even more fractured than before.
President Donald Trump’s fight with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not only threatens to unravel the US’s relationship with one of its oldest global partners – it could also significantly damage the U.S. economy.
Former Minister of National Defence in Stephen Harper’s government, among other positions, Peter MacKay dropped by our Toronto Sun offices to chat with Editor-In-Chief Adrienne Batra and unpack what Trump and Trudeau’s growing feud means to Canada (hello: recession?!) and why he wishes our PM had been chiller with Trump. “Who picked the fight?” Sound off Justin Trudeau’s falling eyebrow.
“As long-standing allies, we do not make progress by ignoring each others’ concerns but rather by addressing them together”, she said. “Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs”, Kudlow said.