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Trump's tirade sparks calls for calm, promises of support for Trudeau

10 June 2018, 10:46 | Erica Roy

Trump-G7 chafing, Pruitt moisturizing: Darcy cartoon

U.S. allies at the Quebec G7 summit chafed at tariffs imposed by President Trump. EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt made news for having his security detail and others run errands for Ritz Carlton moisturizer and a used mattress from a Trump Hotel

Bashing the leader of one of America's venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Trump's time.

That decision was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflicts dating back to the first world war, Trudeau said.

As Trump flew from the summit with United States allies to a planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, he lashed out at Trudeau for what he said were his "false statements" at a news conference and said the USA would not endorse the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group.

When Tapper asked if Trump was planning any payback for Trudeau's comments, Kudlow said he wasn't aware of any further moves. He says that we are the problem with tariffs.

"What's not in good faith is when you leave there, you fly out of there, and the host Canadian prime minister starts taking whacks at you, pot-shots at you - on the eve of this Korean summit", Kudlow said.

"[Trudeau] went out of his way to try to downplay tensions", said White House reporter Michael Shear. Before departing the conference, Trump warned countries not to retaliate against USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

In a fiery interview, Kudlow called Trudeau's press conference a "sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption". Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

Trump and Trudeau exchanged barbs after a highly contentious G-7 meeting resulted in a press conference in which Trudeau promised not to be pushed around.

"Germany stands by the jointly agreed communique", spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.


"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump", Navarro insisted.

Trump, who last week slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico, left the Group of Seven summit early but not before threatening to cut off trade with countries that treated the United States unfairly.

"And so began a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly, that the trading system was totally unfavourable to the United States, the American economy, American workers, the middle class", the official said.

He blamed past world leaders, including past presidents, for that situation, but said the current crew - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - now know that the "gig is up".

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said.

The other G7 leaders will meet without Trump for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and worldwide development. "And it doesn't help USA citizens understand the disruption in our economy that is actually coming from more technology and more automation, not from free trade agreements - which have overwhelmingly benefited American families".

On Twitter, Mr. Trump called his remarks "very dishonest and weak", citing Canada's imposition of tariffs on dairy products.

"The president will continue to say what he says", he said of Trump.

The Prime Minister's Office did release a statement late Saturday, following Trump's tweets, that said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".



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