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

White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

The G7 summit in Canada has ended in the escalation of a row over trade with US President Donald Trump withdrawing support for a communique, citing "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During his appearance on CNN, Kudlow also attacked Trudeau, claiming: "He really kind of stabbed us in the back". "And then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

President Donald Trump continued to blast "bad" trade deals with key United States allies as he left the G7 summit in Canada early Saturday, telling reporters that he would "fix" unfair trade relationships or end them.

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our USA farmers, workers and companies".

"We have a very good relationship with President Trump, we work with President Trump, the United Kingdom has a very good relationship with the USA", she said. Trudeau, who threatened retaliatory tariffs, also said Canada would not be "pushed around".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

Trump's tirade came before he was to leave for Singapore for his historic summit with the North Korean leader North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

The president spoke at a spontaneous news conference at the G7 summit in Canada. 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.


Meanwhile, Kudlow, speaking the "Face the Nation" on Sunday, said that Trudeau "should've known better."

Trump also called for Canada to drop all trade tariffs, such as the one created to protect Canada's small dairy industry, and threatened more trade action if Canada did not acquiesce. He said Canada has to stand up for itself.

US President Donald Trump has told Group of Seven leaders that the United States wants a quick end to trade practices that he says have led to an exodus of American companies and jobs to other countries.

Despite Trump's recent decision to slap aluminum and steel tariffs on America's allies, the statement at the conclusion of the summit called for the "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", fighting protectionism and "the crucial role of a rules-based global trading system".

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S. That was Justin Trudeau's late father, who served several terms as Canada's prime minister, starting in the late 1960s. The president responded on Twitter, while en route to Singapore calling Trudeau, "Very dishonest and weak. How are we supposed to serve as an example to countries that discriminate against women when our own president can't even show up on time?"

Yet after leaving the summit, Mr Trump tweeted that he would instruct United States officials not to endorse the G7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Mr Trudeau.

CNN's Jake Tapper interjected: "So this was about North Korea?" He says that we are the problem with tariffs.

Trump as a result did not sign onto the joint statement concluding the meeting.

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