Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says

Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to U.S. President Donald Trump during the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

Although he insisted he had a good relationship with Justin Trudeau, just days after blowing up a G7 summit the Canadian prime minister had hosted, Trump took another dig at him, saying the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada and that "a little balance" was needed.

On Sunday's CNN's "State of the Union", Kudlow called Trudeau's criticism of us tariffs "non-factual", adding that Canada had "enormous tariffs" on USA imports.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the White House assault by saying ad hominem attacks were not helpful, that Canada would retaliate to USA tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada would always be willing to talk.

G7 allies criticised Trump's decision to reject a joint communique, the BBC reported on Monday. That's what week, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. Trump's chief economic adviser said the United States pulled out of supporting the communique because the president was enraged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, Mrs May acknowledged that the summit had been "difficult" and told MPs she had expressed her "deep disappointment" at the "unjustified" imposition of tariffs on American imports of European steel and aluminium. The tariffs, which also take effect July 1, will last until the USA ends its trade action.

Canada's foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

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After Trump's angry tweets, Trudeau's office issued a brief response: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit. We used fact-based arguments". "Canada has stood with the United States in every modern war and crisis".

At a news conference Tuesday after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump recounted his recent tough exchanges with Trudeau. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

Freeland said of the U.S. tariffs, "The national security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians, the closest and strongest ally the United States has had".

Trudeau said he had been consistent with what he told Trump and at his speech.

Trump, as well as some of his aides, went on the attack this past weekend against the Prime Minister, throwing heavy insults at him after he refused to submit to the President's contentious tariff demands - mainly on steel and aluminum.

Trudeau was speaking at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron when the apparent eyebrow mishap occurred, with pictures appearing to show one eyebrow unusually lower than the other. Trump advisers described Trudeau's statements as a slight that threatened to make the US look weak right as the president was leaving for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

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