White House takes up fight against ‘back­stab­bing’ Trudeau

Manteca Bulletin - - Nation -

QUE­BEC CITY (AP) — Bash­ing the leader of one of Amer­ica’s ven­er­a­ble al­lies, the White House es­ca­lated its trade tirade and lev­eled more with­er­ing and un­prece­dented crit­i­cism Sun­day against Canada’s prime min­is­ter, brand­ing Justin Trudeau a back-stab­ber un­wor­thy of Pres­i­dent Don­ald 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,” Trump trade ad­viser Peter Navarro said in an in­ter­view na­tion­ally broad­cast in the United States.

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

The ver­bal vol­leys by Navarro and Trump’s top eco­nomic ad­viser, Larry Kud­low, picked up where Trump left off Satur­day evening with a se­ries of tweets from Air Force One en route to Sin­ga­pore for his nu­clear sum­mit Tues­day with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Kud­low sug­gested Trump saw Trudeau as try­ing to weaken his hand be­fore that meet­ing, say­ing the pres­i­dent won’t “let a Cana­dian prime min­is­ter push him around. ... Kim must not see Amer­i­can weak­ness.”

Just as the Trudeau-hosted Group of Seven meet­ing of the world’s lead­ing in­dus­tri­al­ized na­tions had seemed to weather Trump’s threats of a trade war, the pres­i­dent backed out of the group’s joint state­ment that Trudeau said all the lead­ers had come to­gether to sign. Trump called Trudeau “dis­hon­est & weak” after Trudeau said at a news con­fer­ence that Canada would re­tal­i­ate for new U.S. tar­iffs.

Trudeau didn’t re­spond to ques­tions about Trump when the prime min­is­ter ar­rived at a Que­bec City ho­tel Sun­day for meet­ings with other world lead­ers, though Free­land later told re­porters that “we don’t think that’s a use­ful or pro­duc­tive way to do busi­ness.”

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, speak­ing Sun­day to Ger­man pub­lic tele­vi­sion, said she found Trump’s tweet dis­avow­ing the G-7 state­ment “sober­ing” and “a lit­tle de­press­ing.” Merkel, whose na­tion is a G-7 mem­ber, also said the Euro­pean Union would “act” against the U.S. trade mea­sures, which Euro­pean lead­ers re­gard as go­ing against the rules of the World Trade Or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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.

And Roland Paris, a for­mer for­eign pol­icy ad­viser to Trudeau, jabbed on Trump on Twit­ter: “Big tough guy once he’s back on his air­plane. Can’t do it in per­son. ... He’s a pa­thetic lit­tle man-child.”

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