And this time, it’s not at Steve Mnuchin, who Navarro reportedly engaged in a “profanity-laced screaming match” last month in Beijing.
And it’s also not at China, a country which, according to Peter, is literally murdering flyover America.
On Saturday, just hours after holding a press conference that found the man who is busy slapping tariffs on every country he can name proclaiming that the world should be tariff-free, Donald Trump took to Twitter to accuse Trudeau of being a back-stabbing villain.
That is obviously absurd and also seems to amount to Trump suggesting that Trudeau isn’t man enough to stand up for his country in person, but that aside, the reference is to comments Trudeau made at his closing press conference.
Specifically, Trudeau called Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs “insulting” (they are) and said Canada would proceed with retaliatory duties (which disproves Trump’s implicit assertion that Canada isn’t standing up for itself). Watch this clip and tell me what is inaccurate about it (hint: nothing – it’s all completely accurate):
.@CanadianPM @JustinTrudeau says he told Trump that his steel tariffs are "insulting" and that Canada is still planning retaliatory tariffs on the U.S.: "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we will not be pushed around" #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/q9esTVVGiY
— Bloomberg Quicktake (@Quicktake) June 9, 2018
Despite the fact that what Trudeau said there is incontrovertible, Trump and co. are trying to pitch it as some kind of epic treachery.
Here’s CNBC personality, Merit Ultra Lights’ version of the Marlboro Man and Gordon Gekko doll, original, in box, Larry Kudlow to explain how “Trump is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him POTUS around” just before “him POTUS” meets with a murderous, nuke-wielding dictator who once called “him POTUS” a “mentally deranged dotard”:
Canadian PM Justin Trudeau "went rogue" at the G7 summit and is "pouring collateral damage on this whole Korean trip," says White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow #CNNSOTU https://t.co/aTWIJsWtqS https://t.co/RMKSXPFWIC
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 10, 2018
Note how Kudlow says Trudeau “went rogue”. Well not according to Emmanuel Macron, who said this on Sunday:
International cooperation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and insults. [America’s actions exhibit] incoherence and inconsistency.
Now what was that about “going rogue” again, Larry? Want to reconsider that assessment?
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking it would be impossible for someone to come up with something more absurd than what Kudlow says in that clip.
Enter Peter Navarro and, predictably, Fox News.
Peter Navarro: "Thereâ€™s a special place in hell 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…thatâ€™s what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference." pic.twitter.com/KtqKXizBEc
— FoxNewsSunday (@FoxNewsSunday) June 10, 2018
Now American officials are calling the Canadian prime minister an actual hell-dweller who “stabs” U.S. presidents “in the back on the way out the door”.
And remember: all of this comes as Trump is arriving in Singapore for negotiations with a child despot who executes people with anti-aircraft guns, starves his own people into cannibalism and threatened to nuke Guam just nine months ago.