White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the G-7 amounted to a "betrayal, while Peter Navarro, a Trump trade official, declared there was a "special place in hell" for foreign leaders who double-crossed Trump.Fox TV's Larry "Wrong Way" Kudlow obviously got his marching papers. An opponent of tariffs and trade wars, Kudlow has abruptly changed course.
He argued Trudeau's press conference criticisms of Trump's trade tariffs were inappropriate because of Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim, and because they represented a shift from the more cooperative work that had been done to form the communique from the seven nations.
"You just don't behave that way, OK? It is a betrayal, OK? He is essentially double-crossing — not just double crossing President Trump, but the other members of the G7, who were working together and pulling together this communique," Kudlow said.
"President Trump played that process in good faith," he continued. "So, I ask you, he gets up in the airplane and leaves. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference? I'm sorry. It is a betrayal. That is a double-cross."The even more unhinged Navarro was unleashed on FOX.
Navarro, Trump's top trade adviser, in an appearance on Fox News, declared Trudeau's comments "one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history."
"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 on "Fox News Sunday."It sounds like the White House has figured out that Trump's Singapore lapdance with Kim Jong Un isn't going to end well. Blame that on Trudeau.
Kudlow and Navarro asserted that Trudeau's comments were particularly troubling given the timing.
President Trump is set to meet Tuesday morning in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kudlow acknowledged Trump's reaction to Trudeau's comments was "in large part" about the meeting with Kim.
"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around," he said. "Kim must not see American weakness."
"And this is a case where Trudeau -- it was like, I don't know, pouring collateral damage on this whole Korean trip," he continued. "Trudeau made an error. He should take it back. He should pull back on his statements and wish President Trump well in the Korea negotiations."
Trump did Trudeau a "courtesy" by attending the G7 in Quebec, even when he had "bigger things on his plate in Singapore, Navarro said Sunday.