Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

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

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

Donald Trump's tirade against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's statement after the G7 summit may not have been related to Ottawa's stance on U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, Canadian based media The Star reported.

A boxing enthusiast who dons his gloves to work off the stress of the job in his rare free time, the Canadian prime minister will have to carefully measure his punches against the United States leader, who publicly accused him of weakness and dishonesty after the meeting of the G7 nations in Quebec at the weekend. According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!).

Earlier, the White House escalated the initial tirade and levelled more withering and unprecedented criticism against Mr Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Mr Trump's time.

"I've never seen language like this".

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words".

Trump gave a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore on Tuesday following his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in which the two leaders spoke for several hours.

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"We support the continuing efforts by the president on North Korea, (and) we look forward to looking at the details of the agreement", Trudeau said. "On his comments, I am going to stay focused on defending jobs for Canadians and supporting Canadian interests".

Trump took to Twitter aboard Air Force 1 on Saturday to call Trudeau "dishonest" and "weak" after seeing Trudeau's G7 news conference, when the prime minister said he had pushed back against the Trump administration's hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum.

"Congressmen, politicians, people, you know realizing this is a bad thing-maybe that message will get to Donald Trump and we can hope he'll listen, although one might not be very confident that he'll listen to reason". And I say, push him around?

Mr Trump also responded by announcing that he was backing out of a joint communiqué on trade between the USA and its main allies.

In particular, Canada, Japan and the European G7 powers are outraged by Trump's unilateral - or illegal, in their eyes - the imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium in the name of preserving United States industry on national security grounds.

Trump went on to say that the USA gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss".

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"I think it's a very fair question", Trump said.

But even he was nonplussed by Trump's line of attack.

MacLauchlan also took the opportunity to affirm his support for the supply management system in Canada's dairy industry, which has been heavily attacked by members of the Trump administration.

Mrs May said she made clear to Mr Trump that the United States levies were unacceptable - but she underlined the need for dialogue to stop the dispute from escalating.

Canada is facing penalties of 25 per cent on Canadian steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, but Ries says there's still hope no tariffs will be imposed. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore. The Trudeau government has announced it will impose dollar-for-dollar, retaliatory tariffs on metals and a range of other USA products by July 1.

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