Trudeau 'stabbed us in back' on trade, says Trump chief economic adviser

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As President Trump was leaving the G7 summit onboard Air Force One, Trudeau held a press conference in which he said that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the USA on trade.

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would retaliate against Trump's tariffs by imposing import taxes on $12.8 billion worth of USA imports in what Canada says its strongest trade action since the World War II.

He said Trump had done Trudeau the "courtesy" of traveling to the summit when "he had other things, bigger things on his plate", referring to Trump's June 12 summit with North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un.

Trudeau didn't respond to reporters' questions when he arrived at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City on Sunday morning. But then Trump pulled out of a joint statement while citing "false statements" by Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

The president also tweeted from aboard Air Force One that due to "Justin's false statements" the US would not sign on with the other six members of the G-7 to a joint communique that was to follow the meeting.

Trump has pointed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of him as a reason for withdrawing from the consensus statement. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference". He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed US trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

The president slammed Trudeau via Twitter on Saturday, calling out his counterpart for acting "meek and mild".

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Kudlow said Trudeau "stabbed us in the back" and "did a great disservice to the whole G7" with his "amateur political stunt". Trump will be leaving the summit four hours earlier to travel to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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On Fox News Sunday, White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro also defended the president with adversarial language.

Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, Mr Maas said.

"We will not.sign a trade deal that expires every 5 years - that is not a trade deal", Trudeau said.

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.

Kudlow said on CNN that Trump's reaction to Trudeau's comments has been "in large part" because he does not want "any show of weakness" ahead of that meeting.

"If the expectation was that a weekend in attractive Charlevoix....was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite reach that bar", Trudeau said.

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.

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