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

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

In his tweet after departing Charlevoix, he wrote: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, 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 was furious after Trudeau had said at the end of a contentious economic summit in Quebec that he wouldn't let Canada be pushed around in trade relations with the United States.

Mulroney, who has a personal relationship with Trump and has been quietly advising the prime minister on how to deal with the mercurial USA president, likened Trump's weekend tirade to "serious summer squalls".

Larry Kudlow, a former CNBC commentator who is now Trump's top economic adviser, said Trudeau had engaged in "betrayal" of the U.S.

Trump had earlier called Trudeau's statement as "dishonest and weak".

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade.

Mr Trump also responded by announcing that he was backing out of a joint communiqué on trade between the United States and its main allies.

The Canadian lawmakers' solidarity came a day after White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said, "There is a special place in hell" for Trudeau for his "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, as a dispute over trade escalated.

Mr Trump's advisers said the U.S. president believed he had been stabbed in the back by Mr Trudeau over U.S. tariffs.

Mrs May said she made clear to Mr Trump that the USA levies were unacceptable - but she underlined the need for dialogue to stop the dispute from escalating.

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

Mulroney said he thought Trudeau's closing remarks were "fairly benign and certainly didn't warrant any attack". Thomas Wright, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, told reporters that for Trump's first 500 days, "these countries generally were bent over backwards not to criticize President Trump".

"Navarro himself crossed a line, basically telling a leader of a foreign nation that he needs to go to hell.I don't care how mad, how angry you are, you don't treat the head of state of another country like that unless you are getting ready for a military engagement of some kind". The European Union also attends.

"Congressmen, politicians, people, you know realizing this is a bad thing-maybe that message will get to Donald Trump and we can hope he'll listen, although one might not be very confident that he'll listen to reason".

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.