QUEBEC CITY (AP) - Bashing the leader of one of Americaâ€™s venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canadaâ€™s prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trumpâ€™s time.
â€śThereâ€™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,â€ť Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview nationally broadcast in the United States.
Canadaâ€™s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country â€śdoes not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks.â€ť
The verbal volleys by Navarro and Trumpâ€™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 Koreaâ€™s Kim Jong Un. Kudlow suggested Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president wonâ€™t â€ślet a Canadian prime minister push him around. ... Kim must not see American weakness.â€ť
Just as the Trudeau-hosted Group of Seven meeting of the worldâ€™s leading industrialized nations had seemed to weather Trumpâ€™s threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the groupâ€™s joint statement that Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.
Trump called Trudeau â€śdishonest & weakâ€ť after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new U.S. tariffs.