Bolton, the former White House national security adviser, said the president had negative feelings for the leaders of Canada and France. In his book, he describes the unusual interpersonal dynamics of their meetings.
“Trump didn’t really like Macron or Trudeau,” writes Bolton. “But he tolerated them, mockingly crossing swords with them in meetings, joking on the straight.
“I guess they understood what he was doing, and they responded in kind, playing because it suited their interests not to be in permanent conflict with the President. ”
The White House and its allies have disparaged Bolton’s book, with several officials suggesting that some of its details are exaggerated or inaccurate.
Inside this famous G7 meeting
Bolton offers an insider account of a well-known outbreak, implying the end of this G7 meeting and its consequences.
Leaders were struggling to write a closing statement at the conference.
At one point, writes Bolton, John Kelly, then Trump’s chief of staff, called on Bolton to join the extended haggling session – where the problems with the meeting were quickly brought to light.
Bolton writes that the chief of staff came out as he entered, saying, “This is a disaster. ”
Bolton quickly agreed – he said Trump looked tired, but Macron and Trudeau were full of energy and continued to push the president to accept the political arrangements with which he disagreed.
He says he couldn’t say if Trump was playing with them – even if he concluded that the president had not prepared for the G7 meeting and had not understood the problems.
Finally, an agreement was reached on a press release. “We were done with the G7, I thought,” writes Bolton.
This hypothesis proved to be premature.
The order to attack Trudeau
On a subsequent flight to Asia to meet with the head of North Korea, Trump burst into rage when he learned that Trudeau had complained about American rates again at the closing press conference.
Trump then pulled out tweets withdrawing support for the G7 statement – an action Bolton describes as unprecedented.
He said the president had woken secretary of state Mike Pompeo to “take a hit” at Trudeau’s closing press conference.
PM Justin Trudeau from Canada was so sweet and gentle during our @ G7 meetings only to give a press conference after I left saying that “American rates were kind of an insult” and he “won’t be jostled. »Very dishonest & amp; low. Our prices are in response to its 270% on dairy products!
Bolton said he then spoke with White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow, who was scheduled to appear on television shows on Sunday.
“Trump’s leadership [to Kudlow] was clear: just go after Trudeau. Do not hit others. Trudeau is a guy behind your back, ”writes Bolton.
He says there is no doubt that Trump wanted Kudlow and his White House colleague Peter Navarro to attack Trudeau.
Navarro also went on TV and said there was “a special place in hell” for Trudeau because of the way he treated Trump.
Tensions between Canadian and American leaders have dissipated and shattered in the two years since this notorious meeting.
Finally, the US tariffs on steel and aluminum were eliminated on Canada and Mexico. Meanwhile, Kudlow told reporters that he and Trudeau had a friendly moment later in 2018 and patched things up at this year’s G20 meeting in Argentina.
Bolton’s excavations against Christian against Huawei
Bolton’s book also looks at former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. This implies Christian’s suggestion that Canada should release Huawei’s executive, Meng Wanzhou, from detention in Canada pending his extradition to the United States.
“Never a friend from the United States, [Chrétien] argued that Canada simply should not abide by our extradition treaty, “he wrote.
” [Vice President Mike] Pence, Pompeo and I have all urged Canada to stand firm, noting that we will support them in any way we can, including directly raising the mistreatment of Canadian citizens directly with China.