Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump pulls out of G7 summit statement, calls Justin Trudeau "weak"

Trump pulls out of G7 summit statement, calls Justin Trudeau

Trump said that Trudeau was "meek and mild" during the G7 meeting.

AFP/Getty Images U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Que.

On June 7 - the eve of Trudeau's G7 summit - Trump sends out another missive - "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

President Trump's senior trade advisor, Peter Navarro, had even worse criticism of Trudeau.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

Trump announced after Trudeau's press conference that the USA would not sign onto the G-7 communique. "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president". He also announced over Twitter he'd instructed US officials to not endorse the statement, which serves as a declaration and recap of what was decided in the meeting.

"He made an error", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union."He should take it back". Trudeau told reporters that the statement was supported by every member, but Trump's Twitter message Saturday withdrew USA support for the communique.

Unfortunately Donald Trump walked in late to a breakfast hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was also ultimately the host of the Quebec-based summit.

But the attempts to convey at least a semblance of unity were undermined when Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed he was going ahead with his tariffs against the USA in response to United States moves against his country's steel and aluminium industries. "And we're not going to be able to do that work when our retaliatory tariffs, which are real, they're significant", Morneau said in a Saturday interview.

In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters. A frenzied effort in May to reach a deal that could pass the current U.S. Congress by the end of this year has stalled, in part after Trudeau's final push ran up against Trump's insistence on a five-year sunset clause that would see the pact renegotiated or killed after five years.

Macron declared Thursday that no leader lasts forever, saying, "The six countries of the G-7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market".

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement says.

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec.

European officials said Mr Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

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