Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump aide says Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

Trump aide says Trudeau ‘stabbed us in the back’

U.S. President Donald Trump and White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow leave the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Que., on June 9, 2018.

Mr Trudeau had told reporters that Mr Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify United States tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

Trump arrived in Singapore on Sunday for the summit, with Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal at the top of the agenda. Trudeau made an error.

"And what did Trudeau did - do as soon as - as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace, Trudeau stuck our president in the back".

Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" that's what Trudeau did to Trump at the end of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Canada over the weekend.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that. he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak".

"When we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly", she said at a news conference.

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the US-Canada border.

State of the Union anchor Jake Tapper, somewhat perplexed, asked Kudlow why Trump made a decision to tank the communique and blast Trudeau over the Canadian Prime Minister's rather tepid press conference. The Canadian leader pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption", Kudlow said, that amounted to "a betrayal".

During his appearance on CNN, Kudlow also attacked Trudeau, claiming: "He really kind of stabbed us in the back". "He did a great disservice to the whole G-7".

He insists, like Trump himself has done many times, and that Canada has enormous tariffs itself - especially on certain dairy and food products.

New Italian Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte however opted to support Trump, tweeted approval of his suggestion by stating that, "Russia should re-enter the G8". He did not comment on the conflict during a series of photo-ops with world leaders in Quebec City on Sunday morning. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, French president Emmanuel Macron, and British prime minister Theresa May can also be seen standing in the photo.

The summit in Canada was marked by Mr Trump's controversial trade policy which has put him at odds with the rest of the G7 leaders.

"So he holds a press conference - the president is barely out of there on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us, he starts talking about the insulting Canada", Kudlow said.

"We spend two days working out a [joint] statement and commitments. Let's be serious", the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, added. Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation.

Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain took to Twitter to offer his support.

"To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values", McCain wrote on Twitter. Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director says Canada is crucial for national security. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked on Twitter whether the US was "executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy or AMERICA's diplomatic and national security strategy?" "But we moved things forward in a significant way to build a consensus around many big issues that we were called on to address together".

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