Trump's Chief Economic Adviser Says Justin Trudeau "Stabbed Us in the Back"

Trump's Chief Economic Adviser Says Justin Trudeau

Navarro's attack on Trudeau Sunday echoed President's Trump's tweets Saturday where he criticized the Canadian Prime Minister for addressing Trump once he had left the conference.

The U.S. had a $17.5 billion goods trade deficit with Canada - its second-largest goods trading partner - in 2017, though it did have a goods and services trade surplus of $8.4 billion previous year with its fellow North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member, according to data from the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

Trump made the comments in tweets from Air Force One as he headed to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

"Kim must not see American weakness", he told CNN.

Mr Trump had already left the summit when Mr Trudeau announced retaliatory measures Canada would take next month in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

In the communique after the summit in La Malbaie, Quebec province, the group of major industrial nations - Canada, the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany - had agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. A senior U.S. administration official said that Mr Trump had been angered by Mr Trudeau's comments. "I personally negotiated with Prime Minister Trudeau", Mr. Kudlow said. "He's a pathetic little man-child". In response to US duties, Canada has already issued its own tariff threats, which Trudeau said would go into effect on July 1.

In interviews on CNN on Fox News, Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, and one of his top aides on trade, Peter Navarro, slammed Trudeau with a series of disparaging adjectives, from "amateurish" to "dishonest", and accused him of a backstabbing "betrayal" of the president.

He said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit". He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique. "That was part of Trudeau's mistake".

Kudlow called Trudeau's press conference a "sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption".

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But Kudlow probably didn't help the message he was sending to the Canadian leader by once referring to him as "Pierre Trudeau".

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"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

These remarks forced Trump to retract the joint statement.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who also attended the G7 summit in Canada, stood with Trudeau on the issue of trade. "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!" "Tariffs will come way down", Trump said.

The nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

Trump insisted relationships with allies were a "10" just before he left the summit.