Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back' at G7: US economic advisor

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The United States and Canada swung sharply towards a diplomatic and trade crisis on Sunday as top White House advisors lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".

Kudlow pointed out that Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around" ahead of his high-stakes summit this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The joint communique that was thrashed out over two days of negotiations vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs.

Minutes after the publication on Saturday of the joint communique that was approved by all the leaders in the G7 bloc - US, France, Germany, Japan, Britain, Italy and Canada - Trump announced on Twitter that he was retracting his support.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around". Our Tariffs are in response to his 270% on dairy!"

Trudeau refused to respond early Sunday to the insults. Trump wrote in one tweet.

"To be honest with you, Prime Minister Trudeau, I respect". "It's a attractive evening, a great weekend".

"You can destroy an incredible amount of trust very quickly in a tweet".

Charest said if he does follow through on autos, it "will be a catastrophe", citing that 22 per cent of the cars sold in the USA a year ago were exported from Canada.

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the US-Canada border. "I have made it clear to the president that [imposing retaliatory tariffs] is not something we relish doing, but it's something that we absolutely will do".

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

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

"Of course it was, in large part, " Kudlow said.

Trump said he had instructed USA representatives not to endorse the joint communique issued at the end of the summit. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox News, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

Then, Trump racked up the tension by pointing out the elephant in the room - the absence of Russian Federation, who were suspended from the organisation after their invasion of Ukraine and annexation of the province of Crimea in 2014. "And we don't want there to be one", Macron said.

"On the issue of [tariffs and trade deficits] alone, we have allies strategically, but when it comes to trade disputes, these allies are basically robbing us blind", he said. "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them, " he said.

But Trudeau objected strenuously to a sunset clause of any length. Mr. Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.

Discussing Russia's absence, Trump made the vague comment that "something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in". Trump blamed former President Barack Obama, instead of Putin, for the annexation.

"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", he said.

During the news conference in question, Trudeau pushed back against the recently announced tariffs on Canadian imports, saying Canada would retaliate with its own tariffs beginning July 1.

Trump, who arrived late to the first meeting on gender equality today, will leave before talks on climate change and the health of oceans, after not gaining support in his grievances over USA tariffs.

In recent weeks, Trump has criticized Canada's trade policies and Trudeau himself on Twitter.

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