Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Donald Trump Withdraws Endorsement Of G7 Joint Statement

Donald Trump Withdraws Endorsement Of G7 Joint Statement

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks", Freeland said.

The US president, who left the summit in La Malbaie early to head for his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, told reporters the US needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing". But then Trump pulled out of a joint statement while citing "false statements" by Canada's prime minister, Justin Trudeau. "Kim must not see American weakness".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders' summit, which is wrapping up Saturday.

On Sunday, Trudeau ignored the barbs from Trump's advisors, tweeting a link to the G7 communique and hailing the "historic and important agreement we all reached".

"It's a brutal blow to a summit of significant success, both in substance and in presentation", said John Kirton, director of the University of Toronto's G7 Research Group. Can't do it in person.

Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said. Speaking at a post-summit press conference, Trudeau acknowledged that there were major differences with Trump. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore.

President Donald Trump on Saturday doubled down on his call for Russian Federation to be readmitted into the G7 and blamed his predecessor for Russia's aggression in Crimea. That was a part of Trudeau's mistake. Trudeau himself declined to comment during an appearance with Argentina's president. "That will not stand".

On the state of global trade: "From the standpoint of trade and jobs and being fair to companies, we are really, I think, committed". He said Trudeau - whom at one point he said "staged" a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" and should apologize.

But by insisting on re-negotiating every five years, Trump is diametrically opposed with Canada, which says the sunset clause would create perpetual uncertainty and harm long-term investment. "I think they'll all come down on Trudeau's side" with the possible exception of Japan's Shinzo Abe, Kirton said.

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart for travel to Singapore from the Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018. I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100%. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

The President warned Canada and Europe to back off their threats to hit back with retaliatory trade measures on July 1 if the USA does not lift the steel and aluminum levies.

The statement ends with a pledge that all nations in the G-7 "share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind".

Representatives from other G7 countries said they felt as though they had made progress in conveying their positions to Trump, something many of them felt pressured to do by voters at home.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn.

"We're not going to be able to do that work under the threat of tariffs".

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