Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Business | By Kate Woods

'Fool Trade': Trump continues to rip G7 in tweetstorm

'Fool Trade': Trump continues to rip G7 in tweetstorm

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader that double crosses U.S. President Donald Trump.

Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with "polarizing" statements on USA trade policy.

President Donald Trump on Saturday said the United States will not endorse a G7 communique via a tweet that accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements". He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applies to us", Trudeau said at a press conference closing the summit.

Clearly, Mr. Trump saw things differently.

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President Trump tweeted Sunday night from Singapore attacking USA allies over the trade deficit.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.

Trump said that America's trading partners would be making a mistake if they retaliated against new US tariffs.

"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and it would be a very bad thing for Mexico", Trump said. Trump is due to meet with North Korea's Kim on Tuesday. In tweets, Trump insulted Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak". According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!).

President Trump's public comments Saturday morning reflected his aggressive approach with world leaders Friday night.

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec. John McCain, who said Americans would continue to stand with the nation's historical allies.

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Navarro wasn't the only top Trump adviser to use his appearance on a Sunday talk show to take pot-shots at Trudeau for daring to respond to the president's tariffs.

French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". "Let us be serious and worthy of our people". "We make commitments and keep to them", a statement from the French presidency quoted by AFP news agency said.

Freeland, speaking at a press conference on Sunday, said that Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct relations with other countries.

In recent weeks, trading partners of the U.S. have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

Trump in Singapore on Monday escalated his war of words with Canada and the European Union in a pair of tweets.

In a separate interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", Kudlow said the Trump had a "very successful, calm, friendly, respectful bilateral" with Trudeau and that the US won't withdraw from Nafta.

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