Kudlow: Trump couldn’t show weakness ahead of North Korea summit
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Sunday that President Trump was not going to let a Canadian leader “push him around” ahead of this week’s summit between the U.S. and North Korea.
“POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around,” Kudlow told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.” “He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he.”
Kudlow’s comments came in response to Trump’s rebuke on Saturday of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following his departure from the Group of Seven (G-7) summit. In a pair of tweets Saturday evening, Trump — en route to Singapore — accused Trudeau of making false statements about the United States’s endorsement of a joint communique with other members of the G-7.
Kudlow went on to say that Trudeau’s comments and the president’s response were, in large part, connected to Trump’s trip to Singapore.
“One thing leads to another, Jake. They are all related. We had done our work in Quebec … we worked with the Western alliance. Pleased to do so. We get on a plane, and then this guy Trudeau starts blasting us,” he said.
Trudeau announced on Saturday that all members of the G-7 had signed on to a joint statement at the summit’s conclusion.
However, Trump took to Twitter after the prime minister’s announcement, saying the U.S. would not endorse the communique, contradicting Trudeau’s statement and threatening to impose new tariffs on Canada.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” the president said in a tweet.
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Trudeau’s office responded to Trump on Saturday, saying the prime minister had been consistent with the U.S. leader.
“The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the President,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
Statement from the Prime Minister’s Office:
We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit.
The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the President.
— Cameron Ahmad (@CameronAhmad) June 9, 2018