Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Donald Trump Slams Justin Trudeau, Calls Him "Dishonest & Weak" Over G7 Verdict

Donald Trump Slams Justin Trudeau, Calls Him

The statement was a declaration of shared values and goals by the seven countries - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - that attended.

As befits his role as annual chairman of the G-7, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's picture is taken from the side, impartially showing Mr Trump dealing with his counterparts as equals.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak ahead of the historic summit with Kim.

After Trump left the G7 gathering in Quebec he lashed out at Trudeau's closing statement, calling him "very dishonest and weak", among other things.

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, accusing all of having shortchanged the United States in trade deals.

Mr Trudeau said he had told Mr Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

It was left to Trump's aides to figure out how to explain Trump's airing of grievances against trading partners instead of focusing on his coming talks with Kim, which the president's supporters hope will provide him with a major foreign policy win.

The tweetstorm is the latest fallout from a bad-tempered G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, in which the President found himself at odds with numerous leaders present, largely over his planned tariffs on a range of goods, including steel and aluminum.

Harper himself took to Fox News this weekend to criticize Trump's actions at the G-7.

Trump was said to have lobbied hard to have Vladimir Putin's position within the "G8 summit" restored.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", she said, referring to the new American tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Kudlow, the White House National Economic Council director, appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," described Trudeau's remarks as a "sophomoric play".

Mr Trump had already threatened to divide the G7, made up of the US, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, when he suggested Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin the group. These differences need to be sorted out and in addition, India could also lower taxes on American products, increase its imports from the U.S. and in exchange seek greater exports to the US.

"I think the Canadians do pride themselves on an worldwide image where we're seen as being cordial, friendly and even-handed in terms of trying to get along with other states", he said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed a joint communique.

The president's Twitter outburst, sent as he flew to an historic meeting with North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un in Singapore, unravelled days of work by the world's top nations in attempting to resolve a global trade dispute.

He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends". "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

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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