Michael Hayden, the former CIA Director under President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, blasted President Trump Monday as "unstable" following his actions at the G7 summit in Canada this weekend.
The leaders of Canada and the United States are locked in an ugly, escalating public dispute over trade barriers, tariffs and how they think they world should resolve its problems.
US President Donald Trump's disavowal of a joint statement after the Group of Seven meeting was made to avoid looking weak going into the North Korea summit after "sophomoric" comments by Canada's Justin Trudeau, a top aide said. "We will also work with all members of this House to ensure that the response that our government takes to these unjustified and unreasonable tariffs is measured and proportionate".
"The U.S pays close to the entire cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost - and laugh!)", he tweeted.
China and the U.S. have averted a trade war by reaching an agreement last month under which Beijing has agreed to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services to reduce Dollars 375 billion trade deficit with Washington.
Germany's Merkel calls Trump's G7 slams 'sobering,' 'depressing'
We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends". "We will act too", she said. We are sticking to them and whoever reneges on them is showing incoherence and inconsistency.
"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,"Trudeau said". Senator John McCain responded to these tweets by supposedly speaking for the American people and saying that the country stands with the rest of the G7 countries, even if President Trump does not.
Larry Kudlow said that U.S. had planned to sign joint G7 communique until Trudeau made certain statements countering US' economic interests.
Hayden added that the display reminded him of Sean Spicer lying about crowd sizes in a press briefing after Trump's inauguration: "He did it for personal survival", Hayden said.
Krueger said the strong words most likely reflected the president's thinking.
Chief Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow went on CNN's "State of the Union" and called Trudeau's news conference a "betrayal", adding: "He stabbed us in the back". "He did a great disservice to the whole G7", Kudlow said.
Before Trump even jetted to the conference on Friday morning, he floated the possibility of Russian Federation rejoining the G7. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures", given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.
French President Emmanuel Macron's office also slammed Trump's decision to reject the official communique and denounced the USA president's negotiating tactics. The French presidency had earlier condemned "fits of anger".
The President insists he has slapped the levies on to hit back at charges imposed by other countries and has accused his allies of trying to milk the Us's economy. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.