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US, Canada row escalates as Trudeau is censured

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – The row between the US and Canada has escalated in the wake of the recent G7 summit.

Trump departed early from Quebec, where the G7 leaders were gathering, on Saturday, saying a more urgent priority for him was an upcoming face-to-face meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

He tweeted again later about the G7 from Air Force One, questioning the text of the final statement of the summit of the wealthy nations.

The move led to back and force jabbing by officials from the US and Canada.

Top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after US President Donald Trump called him “very dishonest and weak.”

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, for his part, accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with “polarising” remarks.

Trade adviser Peter Navarro also caught the media attention by appearing on CNN, where he attacked the Canadian premier.

“There is a special place in hell for any leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that’s what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did,” Navarro said.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded to the assault by saying that such attacks are not helpful.

“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks … and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally,” Freeland told reporters in Quebec City.

European allies of Canada, meanwhile, are coming out in defense of the Group of Seven communique as well as the Canadian Prime minister.

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