Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Kudlow Blames Trudeau for ‘Betrayal’ Before North Korea Talks

Kudlow Blames Trudeau for ‘Betrayal’ Before North Korea Talks

Trudeau, whose country hosted a weekend gathering of the Group of Seven major industrial nations, on Saturday termed Trump's decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union "kind of insulting".

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

Noting the USA imposition of tariffs was officially stated as a national security consideration, Freeland said: "We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States".

"I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!", Trump tweeted Saturday evening while en route to Singapore aboard Air Force One.

"Trump declared that the trading policy of foreign countries with the U.S. is unfair, claiming that there is an "$800 Billion Trade Deficit", a figure that is as yet unsubstantiated by expert research. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the president wrote on Twitter.

Trudeau had used the word "insulting" several times in the last two weeks to describe Trump's tariffs, as the prime minister has taken issue with the fact they're being applied on the premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S.

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"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday. "But we say that with great sadness".

It follows a chaotic G7 summit in Quebec at the weekend, when USA president Donald Trump withdrew his endorsement of a joint communique, accusing Mr Trudeau of being "dishonest and weak".

Other members of the Group of 7 stood with Canada against Trump.

In a separate interview on CBS's "Face the Nation", Kudlow said the Trump had a "very successful, calm, friendly, respectful bilateral" with Trudeau and that the US won't withdraw from Nafta.

Mr. Kudlow said Mr. Trudeau "busted up" the G-7 summit with his remarks - even if they were designed for domestic consumption in Canada, and though Mr. Trump is known for making strident comments in other settings.

"They should have said to him, 'God speed, you are negotiating with the insane nuclear tyrant in North Korea, and we are behind you, '" Kudlow added.

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Kudlow, a free-trader who joined the administration in March, said Sunday that the United States had in fact been near a substantive agreement with Canada on the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has been the subject of hard negotiations.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, who also attended the G7 summit in Canada, stood with Trudeau on the issue of trade.

After bashing Trudeau and the other attendees, President Trump's top economic advisor actually took to CNN Sunday morning, claiming Prime Minister Trudeau "stabbed" America "in the back".

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Trump tweeted.

Trump's supporters also criticized Trudeau. At one point, the agreement states, "we acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

Prime Minister Trudeau also announced that all members of the G7 had signed a joint communique.

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