Kudlow: 'Trudeau Made an Error. He Should Take It Back'

By Susan Jones | June 11, 2018 | 5:38 AM EDT

Larry Kudlow is P/resident Trump's chief economic adviser. (Photo: Screen capture/CNN)

(CNSNews.com) - Larry Kudlow, President Trump's top economic adviser, defended his boss on various Sunday shows, slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for taking "potshots" at the president after Trump left the G-7 summit.

Kudlow said Trudeau tried to make Trump look weak as he headed into the summit with Kim Jong Un.

"Trudeau made an error. He should take it back. He should pull back on his statements and wish President Trump well in the Korea negotiations," Kudlow told CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper.

Trudeau's offending statement came in a news conference on Saturday, when he said Canada will move forward with retaliatory tariffs in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do," Trudeau said. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around."

President Trump was right to be furious, Kudlow said. In fact, the president has now said he will not sign the G-7 communique, the final statement from the summit that Kudlow helped to negotiate. The commuique said the G-7 members will "strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, and subsidies."

Then, after Trump was on his way to Singapore, Trudeau "went rogue," Kudlow said:

You just don't behave that way, OK? It is a betrayal, OK? He is essentially double-crossing -- not just double crossing President Trump, but the other members of the G7, who were working together and pulling together this communique.

You know, you never get everything you want. There are compromises along the way. President Trump played that process in good faith.

So, I ask you, he gets up in the airplane and leaves. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference? I'm sorry. It is a betrayal. That is a double-cross.

Kudlow told CBS's "Face the Nation" that he was in the room and was part of the negotiations that he described as "very successful, calm, friendly, respectful, bilateral.”

And we made great progress in moving towards a deal between the U.S. and Canada and perhaps NAFTA as a whole. It was very successful. That is another reason why I think Trudeau betrayed Trump and the G7.

I mean, look, they put together this good consensus. The Western allies were together. It was peaceful. They were good citizens. It was all in good faith.

What is not in good faith is, when you leave there and you fly out of there, and the host Canadian prime minister starts taking whacks at you, potshots at you on the eve of this Korean summit.

President Trump had no alternative, in my opinion, but to express his opinion that he is going to pull out (of the communique).

Kudlow said President Trump was "consistent" throughout the summit in his demand for the elimination of tariff barriers, quotas and subsidies.

"I have known that Trump is a free-trader, OK? I knew that," Kudlow said. "This is the first time, as I recall, he put it out there explicitly. And what does he get from Pierre (sic) Trudeau? Slam, slap in the face."

CNN’s Jake Tapper noted that Trump "can't show weakness" heading into a meeting with the North Korean dictator.

"Well, first of all, you know, why throw a monkey wrench into the meeting of the Western allies? That is point number one," Kudlow responded. "I think Trudeau -- and, second of all, yes, you're quite right, sir. I mean, President -- he can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks with Kim. He can't do that.

"And, by the way, President Trump is not weak. He will be very strong, as he always is. So those are my points. This was an ill-advised statement by Mr. Trudeau."

“He ought to come out and apologize in the name of the Western allies, OK? He ought to come out today and wish President Trump well in the negotiations...instead of taking potshots,” Kudlow said.

"What I'm saying is that President Trump had every right, every right to push back publicly on this Trudeau amateurish scheme that really broke -- that really broke up all the good will from that meeting in Quebec."

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