Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7

Trump's top economic adviser accuses Trudeau of backstabbing after G7

The United States and Canada are facing a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers hurled insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday morning, accusing him of "stabbing the U.S. in the back". "I own that; that was my mistake, my words".

On board Air Force One, Trump tweeted that he was pulling out of the leaders' joint statement, and derided Trudeau for being "dishonest" and "weak" at his closing G-7 news conference. He complained that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference.

After his meeting with the North Korean leader, Trump praised the Kim, which stood in contrast to some of his harsher words over the past few days about Trudeau. Canadians are "polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

The current troubles between Trump and Trudeau started when the United States announced it would place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from key allies, including Canada.

Mr. Trump's top economic adviser, Lawrence Kudlow, said Mr. Trudeau's press conference had been a "betrayal" because Mr. Trump couldn't afford to show any weakness before his meeting with North Korea.

The president's staff then blasted Trudeau on Sunday with economic advisor Larry Kudlow accusing Canada of stabbing the the back.

Meanwhile, a White House official says the USA will seek to replace NAFTA with bilateral deals with Canada and Mexico, if the talks fail.

Mr Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.

The comments from Trudeau prompted Trump to criticize the Canadian leader on Twitter and decline to endorse the G7 communique.

Canada's approach has been to hope for the best outcome but to always be prepared for the worst, and "to have a plan B, C, D, E and F and maybe to the end of the alphabet", Freeland said.

"It is something that we have discussed and Canada is certainly prepared for any eventuality", Freeland said.

"I know it didn't look friendly", Trump said.

Although Trump has repeatedly insisted that US workers have lost out under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the US Trade Representative's office confirmed the trade surplus falls more than $8 billion in Washington's favor.

"That's going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada", he said of Mr. Trudeau's comments. Trudeau had used similar language in the past, and Canada threatened retaliatory tariffs before the G-7 got underway in response to the US duties on metal.

"He did him a favor", Navarro said.

He also justified the newly imposed tariffs on Mexico, Canada and the European Union citing national security concerns, which their oldest ally has evidently found to be "insulting".

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