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

Trump pulls out of joint G7 statement, calls Trudeau "weak"

Trump pulls out of joint G7 statement, calls Trudeau

President Trump's chief economic adviser called comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "polarizing" and said the Canadian leader "stabbed us in the back".

Perhaps some of the falling-out boils down to a misunderstanding of Canadian etiquette, said Bruce Heyman, the former USA ambassador to Canada - "especially for somebody who's coming from the world that (Trump) is coming from, and has been so blunt and so confrontational in his conversations and approaches".

Trump is now feuding with Trudeau and other close allies of the United States over trade just one day after leaving the G7 Summit in Canada where he met with world leaders.

After a trade advisor to Donald Trump indicated there's a "special place in hell" for the likes of Canada's Prime Minister, a top European Union (EU) official shot one back at the US administration by using the US President's favourite medium, Twitter.

Navarro added that while these were his own words, they reflected the "the sentiment that was on Air Force One".

That's why European leaders and Trudeau consider the tariffs illegal and have said that Trump's national security argument is flawed.

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Shibaike said there was little the Japanese prime minister could have done except "take a back seat on the trade issue while seeking reassurance that the United States and Japan are on the same page regarding North Korea".

In a news conference after the summit, Mr Trudeau had said that while he did not want to "punish American workers", his job was to protect Canadians and as such he would press ahead with tariffs on some U.S. imports.

So there you have it. Justin Trudeau's eyebrows are just fine, thanks.

To be sure, Navarro was merely following in the steps of his leader when cursing out Trudeau.

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbour.

"To be honest with you, Prime Minister Trudeau, I respect. 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. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox News, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

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But with the summit ending in a war of words, Abe's attempt to defuse the conflict over USA trade policy during the meeting apparently had little effect on Trump after all.

Trump may not be the free trader Kudlow describes him to be.

Trump has already announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Europe, which will impact major exporter Germany and he intends to hit another key sector for the German economy-auto exports.

Germany and France are also standing by the jointly agreed communique.

"Right now, the president is actually driving our allies away from us as we need them even more, while welcoming in the Russians", Markey said on CBS's "Face the Nation". Trump said in a second tweet.

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