France warns Trump over 'fits of anger' after G7 statement u-turn

Sergio Conner
June 11, 2018

Also in response, Larry Kudlow, director of the White House's National Economic Council, said on Sunday in an interview with CNN that Trudeau betrayed Trump with "polarizing" statements on USA trade policy.

Sunday a Democratic Representative from IL surprisingly sided with President Donald Trump in the White House's ongoing war of words over tariffs with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Kudlow's remarks followed a Twitter attack on Trudeau by Trump, as well as Trump's decision to withdraw from a joint communique that he had endorsed only hours earlier.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: "We are focused on everything we accomplished at the G7 summit". Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the final communique had been agreed by all the seven countries.

Saying Trudeau is "dishonest & weak", he also threatened "tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

The statement, which did not mention Trump by name, appeared to come down on the president for "incoherence and inconsistency" in his snub of the communique which includes a commitment to "rules-based global trading system" and to combating protectionism.

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.

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

After Trump's angry tweets, Trudeau's office issued a brief response: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit".

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Tensions have been building between the two countries for months, as President Trump has targeted Canada as one of the many countries he sees as giving American the short end of the stick in trade deals.

US President Donald Trump has imposed a 25 per cent tariff on import of steel from Canada and another 15 per cent on aluminium using the "national security interest" provisions of the existing American laws.

Navarro wasn't the only top Trump adviser to use his appearance on a Sunday talk show to take pot-shots at Trudeau for daring to respond to the president's tariffs.

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Internationally, one European diplomat says the rest of the G7 will carry on despite the president's online attack against Trudeau and his decision to pull out of the final G7 communique.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said last night that Mr Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr Trump.

The White House has escalated its trade tirade by levelling more withering and unprecedented criticism against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time.

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