Last week President Trump and his advisers issued a tongue lashing to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau was accused of bad faith diplomacy and stabbing President Trump in the back at the G-7 meeting. But today, Trudeau has changed his tune on one big issue that President Trump championed.
After President Trump left the G-7 summit Trudeau held a press conference where he spoke critically of Trump’s tariffs policy. He also said that he would “move forward with retaliatory measures.”
That’s when President Trump’s advisers hit back hard:
“The next morning, Navarro and chief economics adviser Larry Kudlow were deployed to the Sunday talk shows.
“In a display of calculated aggression, Kudlow thumped the table as he told CNN’s State of the Union Trudeau had “stabbed us in the back” and instigated “a betrayal”.
“Navarro then appeared on Fox News Sunday.
“’There’s a special place in hell,” he said, “for any foreign 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.’”
It seems that the message was received. In a stunning reversal, Trudeau and his liberal part switched positions on restoring diplomatic relations with Iran. They voted with the Conservative Party to prevent the restoration of relations. Trudeau had campaigned on restoring relations with Iran. So this is a pretty big flip-flop.
The Toronto Sun reports:
“Conservative Senators had previously brought forward similar legislation and it was defeated last month by Justin Trudeau-appointed Senators. So everyone figured they knew how Tuesday’s vote would go down: Conservatives in favour, Liberals mostly against. Even Speaker Geoff Regan must have thought this. Because after he’d finished tallying the “yeas” from the Conservative side he then called to register the “nay” votes, as if he assumed the “yeas” were done. Then there were rumblings. Regan realized that maybe there were a few more “yeas” kicking around on other benches and reopened the count. There were. And the first one to stand up was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau himself. Then the whole Liberal cabinet, followed by much of the caucus, stood up to vote in favour of the motion put forward by Conservative MP Garnett Genuis.”
You can be sure part of the reason they flipped is to make Trump happy. He has pushed for the international community to get tougher with Iran after pulling the U.S. out of the nuclear deal.
Not only did they not restore relations but they added the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to Canada’s list of terrorists. This is a pretty big diplomatic deal:
Wow. The Liberal caucus, led by Trudeau, just voted en masse in support of a Conservative motion calling on the government to denounce the Iranian regime & cease the restoration of diplomatic relations. #cdnpoli
— Anthony Furey (@anthonyfurey) June 12, 2018
Thank you @GarnettGenuis and @CPC_HQ. Because of your opposition motion today the Liberal government has admitted the error of its ways. @JustinTrudeau has admitted he was wrong to pursue diplomatic relations with #IRI, & agreed to *immediately* list #IRGC as terrorist entity.
— Senator Linda Frum (@LindaFrum) June 12, 2018
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) June 12, 2018