Trump adviser says there’s a ‘special place in hell’ for Canadian leader

Trump adviser says there’s a ‘special place in hell’ for Canadian leader

Kerry Wise
June 12, 2018

Kudlow, in a separate TV appearance, said Trudeau was "polarizing" and "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a television interview outside the West Wing of the White House, in Washington, D.C., May 18, 2018.

US President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

Having castigated his host and neighbour and disrupted the alliance of democracies, Trump tweeted about being on his way to Singapore "where we have a chance to achieve a truly wonderful result for North Korea and the World".

Trump - who has a history of hair-trigger responses to slights - landed in Singapore on Sunday for the Tuesday summit meeting with Kim.

The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on us trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

US President Donald Trump called Mr Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" after leaving the Group of Seven heads of government meeting in Canada on Sunday, shattering any hope its northern neighbour could avoid US tariffs on steel and aluminium, or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Last week, Canada hit back at the Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

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

Trudeau's office said the prime minister had been consistent and level with Trump during the summit. Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.

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"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to a close ally", Canadian foreign minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on Sunday.

Trump advisers described Trudeau's statements as a slight that threatened to make the USA look weak right as the president was leaving for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

"That's what matters", he wrote.

"Kim must not see American weakness", he told CNN.

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

Trudeau says five of the G7 countries agreed to a plastics charter to further protect the environment and oceans. Trudeau stuck our president in the back. "We would hope that the USA would similarly honour the commitments that they have made".

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union. In Maine, we have a special relationship w/ Canada.Many border communities are truly intertwined.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States".

"He's not going to tolerate that, nor should he", Graham said on Fox News. They didn't tell you that, did they?

Canada is the US's largest trade partner, with $673.9 billion worth of goods and services going between the two countries in 2017.