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

Lester Mason
June 14, 2018

"Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the USA president tweeted.

"That means [those jobs] are at stake if we start to close up the border between Canada and the U.S. But I do acknowledge President Trump doesn't always let facts get in the way".

Trump's looming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un heightens tension, and White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak on the eve of the historic North Korea summit.

"He really kinda stabbed us in the back", top USA economic advisor Larry Kudlow said of Trudeau on CNN's "State of the Union". "I regard this as much like a family quarrel".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has paid tribute to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's leadership after a G7 summit which she described as "difficult". Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters.

Mr Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the United States are "taking advantage". "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies.

On Sunday, Trudeau ignored the barbs from Trump's advisors, tweeting a link to the G7 communique and hailing the "historic and important agreement we all reached".

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Trump went on to say that the USA gets "unfairly clobbered" on trade despite "protecting Europe at great financial loss".

This will be Trump's second summit of the G-7, an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship.

The communique - which had appeared to have papered over the cracks that surfaced at the summit - said the leaders of the US, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. The European Union also attends. In the end, that language stayed in and it was only on climate change that no consensus was reached. "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

Trump said it "didn't look friendly" but it was "very friendly".

On board Air Force One, an AFP reporter was told that Trump had approved the agreement, only to be told later of the tweets. They tried to have close relations with him. And I say, push him around?

"I think that those are words that I would not have chosen", Short said. For instance, Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are expected to cause a drag on U.S. economic growth and result in a net loss of American jobs.

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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