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

10 June 2018

In tweets, US President Donald Trump described host Justin Trudeau as "dishonest and weak" and retracted his endorsement of the joint communique.

To many observers the photograph, a rare glimpse of diplomatic activity not wreathed in smiles and handshakes, seemed both a summation of the effect of Trump's "America first" foreign policy and the flawless pictorial accompaniment to a tense couple of days in Canada.

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest and weak" in a tweet on Saturday.

"That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

On June 1, the USA imposed a 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back, " Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union, " referring to Trudeau.

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France warned Sunday that "fits of anger" could not dictate worldwide cooperation after US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected a joint statement agreed following a bad-tempered G7 summit in Canada.

"Now, POTUS (president of the United States) is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around, push him, POTUS, around, President Trump, on the eve of this", Kudlow said.

President Donald Trump shook up a meeting of the leaders of the world's richest countries with a proposal to eliminate all barriers to global trade, a surprise turnaround from his aggressive tone on tariffs before the summit. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference?

Despite Mr Trump's actions, the UK, France and Germany have insisted they will stand by the commitments made at the summit.

In a press conference Saturday after a contentious G7 meeting, Trudeau said that Canada had been insulted by the Trump administration's tariffs and that his country would go ahead with its own retaliatory measures by July 1.

In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about US trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

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"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", he said. A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said on Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump. And he claimed, wrongly, that Canada and the US had been close to a NAFTA deal before Trudeau's comment.

Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" that's what Trudeau did to Trump at the end of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Canada over the weekend. Earlier this week, Merkel said the group is defined by its members' respect of worldwide law, and Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was a "flagrant breach" of that.

Still, the United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, signaling a modest step forward for the bitterly divided allies of the G7.

Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, Maas said.

A German government spokesman also said that Berlin stands by the jointly agreed G7 communique in which leaders underlined the crucial role of a rules-based worldwide trading system and promised to fight protectionism.

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