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Trump Is a ‘Pathetic Little Man-Child,' Says Former Trudeau Policy Adviser

12 June 2018

Moving onto tariffs, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Trump's plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on key US trading partners.

Over the weekend, Trump threw US-Canadian relations into disarray when he took to Twitter to criticize Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the summit for his opposition to the president's new tariffs.

Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un converged on this island city state Sunday ahead of one of the most unusual and highly anticipated summits in recent world history, a sit-down Tuesday morning meant to settle a stand-off over Pyongyang's nuclear arsenal.

Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the USA tariffs are "insulting" and Canada "will not be pushed around".

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".

The President insisted his allies were trying to take advantage of the USA over trade and financing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation. "$800 Billion Trade Deficit ..."

When Mr Trump's tweets withdrawing support from the G7 statement hit on Sunday, the Prime Minister's office said Mr Trudeau had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to the US President before.

The tweetstorm is the latest fallout from a bad-tempered G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, in which the President found himself at odds with numerous leaders present, largely over his planned tariffs on a range of goods, including steel and aluminum.

Describing the U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on USA goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

"The response I've given both in private and in public is that any conversations about whether or not Russian Federation could come back around the table cannot take place until Russian Federation has changed its attitude".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow also said Sunday that Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden was dismayed by the Trump administration's decision to trash Justin Trudeau and Canada on his way to the summit with North Korea, saying the move had the opposite effect of its intention to make the president look tough. "Don't blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made".

"We used to be a nation that was unbelievably cash flow oriented and had no debt of any effect", he said. Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better".

Trudeau has not reacted to the comments.

While making no direct criticism of Mr Trump, she left no doubt that European Union nations will impose counter-measures on U.S. goods in response. I think that Trudeau has tried the right thing, he's been trying to use flattery and befriend Trump.

"He is an unprecedented president and he's outside of all of the normal boundaries of behaviour for an American president". "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do".

The G7 groups the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy and Canada. "On the contrary, as part of the USA law, we are part of the national defense base of the United States".

Trump Is a ‘Pathetic Little Man-Child,' Says Former Trudeau Policy Adviser