The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on US trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.
The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on U.S. trade policy that risked undermining the American leader on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.
The Trump administration imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the USA and its allies in the run-up to the summit.
French President Emmanuel Macron said the summit's trade discussions were "sometimes quite heated", and the New York Times reported Trump "delivered a running monologue" at the closed-door meetings, taking leaders to task on how he believed their countries had "mistreated" the U.S.
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"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,"Trudeau said".
Asked about Trump's tweets and the future of the G7 late Saturday during a photo op in La Malbaie, Trudeau declined to respond to several questions. "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".
Trudeau used a media conference on Saturday to reject a USA demand for a sunset clause in the North American trade agreement, Nafta, that Trump has at different times pressed to abolish or renegotiate. In a pair of tweets, Trump slammed Trudeau for being inconsistent and announced that the US would not sign the joint statement.
"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies".
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At a press conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Macron called Trump's tariffs "unilateral and illegal".
When pressed on how exactly Trudeau may have betrayed the US, Kudlow revealed that the White House was interpreting Trudeau's comments as a stunt created to threaten Trump's much-anticipated upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un this week.
A top US White House advisor has accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing the US in the back.
It comes after Trudeau explained his position at a news conference in which he outlined the difficulties in moving forward with the North American Free Trade Agreement.
"It's going to change", he said.
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Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. The American leader has repeatedly said he wants to improve relationships with Moscow. "It wasn't us who left", he said.
"The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies".