ReutersQUEBEC CITY (Reuters) — The United States and Canada swung sharply on Sunday toward a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after U.S. President Donald Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.”
Trump in Singapore on Monday escalated his war of words with Canada and the European Union in a pair of tweets.
Trump said: “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal” and suggested that Canada was profiting from U.S. trade, citing what he said was a Canadian press release. “Then Justin acts hurt when called out!”
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with “polarizing” statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak ahead of the historic summit with Kim.
“[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Trump to Canada, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”