Trump Adviser: Special Place in Hell for Canadian Prime Minister. Strikingly big words from the chief economic adviser of US President Donald Trump to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “More or less a declaration of war”, says correspondent Erik Mouthaan.
Trump advisor Peter Navarro called Trudeau ‘unreliable’ and said that there is a ‘special place in hell’ for world leaders like him.
Trudeau attended the G7 summit yesterday with Trump. That turned out to be a failure. At first, there seemed to be an agreement: all countries promised to go for the fair trade, and they also agreed to limit import duties – but America withdrew as yet. Trump wanted to maintain the high American import tariffs on steel and aluminium.
A few hours later, Trump suddenly announced that he was abandoning the signing of that final statement. The reason: the press conference that the Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau had given afterwards.
‘We will not let ourselves be ringed.’
Trudeau said in that press conference that Canada would strike back if the American import levies continue. “Because Canadians are polite and reasonable, but we do not let ourselves be bullied.”
According to Trump, Trudeau made false statements. He called Trudeau ‘very dishonest and weak’ and therefore gave the delegation the task not to sign the final statement anyway. He also threatened again with extra charges on foreign cars. Trudeau stated that he had said ‘nothing new’.
This morning, US news channels extensively reported the argument between Trudeau and Trump. There the insults to Trudeau went on.
Trump advisor Peter Navarro said at Fox News: “There is a special place in hell for every world leader who is guilty of unreliable diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and gives him a stab in the back when leaving … That is what the unreliable Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. “
According to America correspondent Erik Mouthaan, the Trump team declares ‘more or less the war’ to the Canadian prime minister. “This is unprecedented,” he says. “In almost twelve years as a correspondent, I have never heard such a tone from the White House against a leader of a neighbouring country.”
And Canda is not just a neighbor, and it is also an essential ally of the US, explains Erik Mouthaan. “It is one of the most loyal allies, and Canada also fights with the US with every war.”
According to the American correspondent, Trump is currently very much fixated on the tariffs that Canada charges for dairy products. “He thinks he is very high, and that’s what he’s going to do, he promised his electorate, so they are happy with those hard words.”
With these powerful statements, Trump hopes to get a better result at the negotiating table, says Mouthaan. “The White House also says that that works, just look at North Korea, they say.”