Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro claimed that Justin Trudeau stabbed Trump in the back and that Canada is attacking the US political system.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: Well, President Trump responded with this tweet while flying here on Air Force One to Singapore. Trudeau of Canada acted as meek — so meek and mild during our G-7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left. Very dishonest and weak.
Question, Mr. Navarro, is that really how we want to deal with our second biggest trading partner?
PETER NAVARRO, WHITE HOUSE TRADE ADVISER: Chris, 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. And that’s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. That’s what week, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. And that comes right from Air Force One.
And I’ll tell you this, to my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history. All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win. President Trump did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit. He had other things, bigger things on his plate in Singapore, where you are now, Chris. He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique. And what did Trudeau did — do as soon as — as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace, Trudeau stuck our president in the back. That will not stand.
And as far as this retaliation goes, the American press needs to do a much better job of what the Canadians are getting ready to do because it’s nothing short of an attack on our political system and it’s nothing short of Canada trying to raise its high protectionist barriers even higher on things like maple syrup and other goods.
Peter Navarro and Trump are lying
Here are Trudeau’s comments:
Michael Shear who covered the Trudeau press conference:
The thing is, I was at the @JustinTrudeau news conference, and he went out of his way to try to downplay tensions. He didn’t attack @realDonaldTrump in any way, other than restate Canada would retaliate for tariffs. Not sure what @larry_kudlow means re: “stabbed” US in the back
— Michael D. Shear (@shearm) June 10, 2018
Trump, Navarro, and his economic adviser Larry Kudlow are lying because they know that the American people did not see the press conference, and they are looking for a reason to start a full-blown trade war with Canada.
It is Trump who launched the tariffs and forced the Canadians to, in Trudeau’s words, regretfully retaliate.
The trade war is blowing up in Trump’s face, and he is looking for someone to demonize and make the enemy, so the White House has cooked up this crazy story that Canada is attacking the US political system.
Trump calls the real Russian attackers a witch hunt as his White House claims that Canada is the real threat to the US.
It would be a joke if the US economy and the future of our democracy weren’t at stake.
Trump and his White House are blaming Canada for Russia’s crimes against the United States.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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