Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

The G7 is made up of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

U.S. President Donald Trump's name-calling trade tirade has members of Parliament on both sides of the Commons calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stand firm against tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and threats against dairy producers and automakers.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

And it remains unclear whether the USA even backs the broad sustainable development principles set out in the text, after Trump shocked diplomats by withdrawing his support for the final text in a fit of pique over Canadian Prime Minister's Justin Trudeau's comments on United States trade tariffs. In the run-up to the G7 summit, Trump continued to rile up his fellow world leaders with accusations of unfair trade practices, provoking angry responses from both Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who even suggested that the G7 could fare as the G6, without the USA if need be.

U.S. President Donald Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

The calamitous summit ended in disarray after Trump broadsided his allies by disavowing a joint statement the USA had agreed to.

Trade adviser Peter Navarro told "Fox News Sunday" that "there is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy" with Trump. "As long as he's president, this is the approach we have to expect".

It was a picture that, by several accounts, summed up the tense G7 summit over the weekend in Quebec, Canada.

Trump's decision to withdraw his support for the communiqué has drawn sharp criticism from Germany on Sunday.

Trump's proposal reflected an entirely free-trade approach to economics, which he said the leaders discussed.

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She said: "We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again".

Mr Trudeau said: "We had some strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically on American tariffs".

Trump accepted the invitation from President Yacob to make a state visit to Singapore in November, Channel News Asia reported.

"We have to keep a cool head now and draw the right conclusions", Maas said.

Trump repeated that America's allies had repeatedly won on trade deals, hurting American workers and jobs.

Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

In urging Trudeau to apologize for his comments, he also said the prime minister's statements were a "diplomatic betrayal" as Trump headed to Singapore to his high-profile summit with North Korean leader with Kim Jong-un.

In response, Trump tweeted on his way to Singapore that he instructed US representatives not to endorse the communique.

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

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