Updated: March 4, 2021
The crisis between U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau escalated on Sunday with a top Trump official calling Mr. Trudeau an “amateur” and a “betrayer”, adding that Mr. Trudeau “stabbed us in the back”.
Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s top economic adviser, said on CNN on Sunday that Mr. Trump had pulled out of a joint statement with G7 members because he felt betrayed by Mr. Trudeau, after the Canadian PM said at a news conference that Canada would not be pushed around by the United States on trade.
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“We joined the communiqué in good faith,” Mr. Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “You just don’t behave that way, O.K.? It’s a betrayal.”
He said Mr. Trump “had every right — every right — to push back on this amateurish Trudeau scheme.”
Mr. Trump “is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around,” Mr. Kudlow said, adding, “He is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea,” reported the New York Times.