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

George said Trump's tariffs are going to Canada's PM is back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time, trade adviser says
Russell Knight | 13 June, 2018, 07:32

"I think that [Navarro] used language that you wouldn't use with your best friend in a bar".

"I own that, that was my mistake, those were my words". "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", Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday". "I'm pretty sure that circles of hell are not reserved for Canadians proposing retaliatory tariffs", Sen. In striking such a hostile tone against one of the oldest and closest US allies, Navarro said Tuesday he was emboldened to send a "strong signal of strength" on the eve of the landmark summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Speaking for the first time about the acrimonious conclusion of the Group of Seven meeting in Quebec over the weekend, Trump said he felt Trudeau had mischaracterized the US position in a press conference after the summit. He was asked why he was jeopardizing relations with long-standing allies like Canada while welcoming a historical USA enemy with open arms as a friend.

"We finished the (G7) meeting and really everybody was happy".

"Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?" he wrote. Trump reportedly pointed to specific trade deficits, particularly in the trade of goods, as evidence that the other leaders were taking advantage of the US.

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". He then asserted multiple times to the room full of reporters that he has a "good relationship" with Trudeau.

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"I do believe that the president and his team are purposeful in destroying and dismantling kind of our western alliance allies at the G7", Heyman said. "Other than he had a news conference that he had because he assumed I was in an airplane and I wasn't watching".

Those tensions boiled over on Saturday, with Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group. On Friday, he faced our angry allies at the G-7 conference in Quebec, a face-to-face battle in what could become a destructive trade war.

She also said that during the summit the leaders discussed President Trump's proposal for complete free trade among G7 member states, but said the issue was "fair trade".

And it concludes with a direct shot at Trump, calling on the House to "reject disparaging and ad hominem statements by USA officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations and work against efforts to resolve this trade dispute".

When asked about Trump's remarks in Parliament on Tuesday, Trudeau said he supports Trump's efforts on North Korea and looks forward to the details of that agreement.

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