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Larry Kudlow, President Trump’s Director of the National Economic Council, must have drawn the short straw because he was the designated defender of Trump’s withdrawal from the G7 communique on Sunday morning political chat shows. I watched him being interviewed on Jake Tapper’s CNN show State of the Union and on CBS’s Face the Nation. He came off both articulate and consistent in his criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s performance during a post-G7 press conference Saturday.
Kudlow is right to speak out about Trudeau’s display of poor judgment. Trudeau is not exactly known for his own stellar decision-making skills. You may recall his trip to India last February when he was soundly ridiculed for traipsing about with his family decked out in traditional Indian garments. He looked ridiculous. Then a man convicted of an attempted assassination (and sent to prison) of an Indian state cabinet minister while in Vancouver in 1986, Jaspal Atwal, showed up posing for a photo with Trudeau’s wife in Mumbai. The British Columbia resident is said to be a former member of an extremist Sikh group banned as a terrorist organization. Then it became known that Atwal was on the guest list for a reception during the visit. Needless to say, after the press noticed and asked questions, the man’s invitation was rescinded. Awkward. What is it with liberals and convicted terrorists, anyway?
So Kudlow hit the airwaves to talk about Trump’s decision to not endorse the communique coming out of the G7 Summit though originally he agreed to sign off on it, joining with the 6 other leaders present. Trudeau decided to slam Trump behind his back to the press after Trump’s early departure Saturday. A casual observer would have known that such a stunt would end badly. Trump turned his back on the communique and on we go. Kudlow is left to pick up the pieces and explain the administration’s position. In short, it boils down to this: don’t try to publicly humiliate President Trump because it will not end well for you. Didn’t Trudeau see any of Trump’s campaign in 2016? The guy bragged about punching back harder than his opponents punch him. Trump loves the fight.
“He really kind of stabbed us in the back,” Kudlow said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” referring to Trudeau. He described Trudeau’s news conference as “sophomoric” and a “political stunt.”
“It’s a betrayal. It’s essentially double-crossing. Not just double-crossing President Trump, but other members of the G-7,” Kudlow said.
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