Washington Post hits Trump for alienating ‘allies while fawning over dictators’
The Washington Post’s editorial board on Monday knocked President Trump’s feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the Group of Seven (G-7) summit.
The editorial board criticized Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro’s comment Sunday that there is a “special place in hell” for Trudeau, a remark he made after the summit ended.
Trudeau said at a news conference after Trump left the summit Saturday that Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum on the basis of national security was “kind of insulting.”
The remarks angered Trump, prompting him to tear into Trudeau as “weak” and “dishonest” in a tweet, while his aides harshly criticized the Canadian leader during appearances on Sunday morning talk shows.
The Post wrote that Canada “has every right to be insulted.”
“Canada has every right to be insulted that Mr. Trump would invoke national security in their trade dispute,” the board wrote. “Canada has stood with the United States in every modern war and crisis.”
After Trump’s and his aides’ comments, many domestic and foreign leaders came to Trudeau’s defense.
The board said that some of Trump’s criticisms of Canada’s trade policies are not significant enough to warrant a trade dispute with the United States’s northern neighbor, and that many are exaggerated.
“Wildly exaggerated economic grievances, not national security, are driving Mr. Trump’s trade agenda,” the board wrote.
Larry Kudlow, head of the National Economic Council, suggested Sunday that Trump’s rhetoric against Trudeau may have been an effort to show strength before his meeting Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“In fact, he was demonstrating moral and strategic obtuseness,” the Post wrote of Trump. “To alienate allies while fawning over dictators is not a sign of strength.”