Trump trade adviser: ‘Special place in hell’ for Trudeau

  • Trump trade adviser: ‘Special place in hell’ for Trudeau

Trump trade adviser: ‘Special place in hell’ for Trudeau

Trump was aboard Air Force One heading to Singapore for a historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un when he issued a pair of tweets Saturday criticizing the G-7 host and stepping back from the generally positive tone that had ended the two-day meeting.

'There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door, " President Donald Trump's trade adviser said, according to the Associated Press.

G7 members Germany and France said they stood by the communique despite Trump's decision.

In an interview taped just prior to Trump's two tweets, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that in private, Trump was "absolutely" listening.

Trudeau pledged to impose new tariffs on the imported USA goods to defend Canadian workers.

When Mr Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back against the United States president's protectionist policies.

Kudlow says Trudeau's actions were a "sophomoric play" and says the prime minister stabbed his U.S. allies in the back, which he argues did a great disservice to the whole G7.

The Elysee Palace was responding to questions about the outcome of the summit, after US President Donald Trump refused to give his backing to a joint declaration, despite hours earlier signing the communique. In it, Merkel stares coldly, both hands braced on a table, at a defiant United States president Donald Trump, who is seated with his arms crossed. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference?

As Trump said in 2016, "The people of Crimea, from what I've heard, would rather be with Russian Federation than where they were".

At the news conference, Trudeau said it was "kind of insulting" that the USA implemented tariffs on the basis of national security.

But there were signs, among otherwise frustrated European leaders, that they see Trump and his "America First" agenda as an aberration and not necessarily as expressive of a new reality that will never change.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

"Trudeau, who stands at 6'2", appears at least an inch taller than Trump in a photo the Prime Minister shared from this weekend's G7 summit.

At the summit, of which the build-up to had been dominated by Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, the world leaders had agreed a statement that read: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

However, former US ambassador to Canada Jim Blanchard said the auto sector in the USA won't tolerate this threat of more trade action, saying that both that industry and American farmers want to see a renewed trade relationship with Canada. Member countries chose to expel Russian Federation in 2014 after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine. Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, he said.

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