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Canada's Trudeau 'Betrayed' Trump, White House Economic Adviser Kudlow Says

June 10, 2018 - 3:54 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/CBS News/AP) -- White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “betrayed” President Donald Trump.

Following the dramatic end to the G-7 summit in Quebec this weekend, Kudlow said Trudeau "should have known better" than to slam Trump and U.S. tariffs just after leaders signed a joint communique embracing the spirit of the summit.

"To be honest with you, Prime Minister Trudeau, I respect. I've worked with him in good faith getting through a good communique on Friday and Saturday. So he holds a press conference -- the president is barely out of there on the plane to North Korea, and he starts insulting us, he starts talking about the U.S. is insulting Canada," Kudlow said on "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

"In general, it was an attack on the president," Kudlow claimed.

Also Sunday, Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro branded Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.

"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 in a nationally-broadcast interview.

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks."

In a news conference Saturday after a contentious G-7 meeting, Trudeau said that Canada had been insulted by the Trump administration's tariffs and that his country would go ahead with its own retaliatory measures by July 1. 

Following Trudeau's statements, Trump retracted his endorsement of the final statement from the G-7, tweeting on Air Force One on the way to Singapore that he had instructed U.S. representatives "not to endorse" the missive. He blamed Trudeau's statement that Canada will not be "pushed around" on trade.

On Sunday, Kudlow said that the president had "no alternative" than to pull out of the communique after Trudeau "betrayed Trump and betrayed the whole G7" by "attacking" Mr. Trump.

Kudlow placed the spat with Trudeau in the context of Trump's historic summit with North Korea, saying there's "no way this president is not going to stand strong, number one, he's not going to allow for other people to suddenly take pot shots at him hours before that summit."

"If you attack this president, he's going to fight back," Kudlow added. 

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