Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement, slams 'weak' Trudeau

Pauline Gross
June 11, 2018

As he flew from Canada to Singapore Saturday night, Trump displayed his ire via Twitter, which he also employed to insult Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".

The United States and Canada have swung sharply towards a diplomatic and trade crisis as top White House advisers lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a day after US President Donald Trump called him "very dishonest and weak".

The communique was supposed to illustrate shared ground between the US, Germany, the UK, Canada, France, Italy and Japan following Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

Not one of the other leading economies embraced Trump's proposal.

"This isn't just G7. We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements. We can't do that. In Maine, we have a special relationship w/ Canada.Many border communities are truly intertwined. And it's going to stop. "Back to embarrassment-we, frankly, ought to feel a little bit ashamed for treating such a good friend the they they were treated yesterday from very high levels in our government".

The US blamed Canada on Sunday for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit, saying Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "stabbed us in the back", while American allies held Washington responsible.

Trump said in a second tweet.

But before the group could sign off on a joint statement of agreement on trade talks, Trump's advisers reportedly insisted that the USA would not agree to two key points in the statement related to the environment.

The moment he left for the airport on Sunday, he let the tweets rip his host.

Although it is unclear which of Trudeau's statements Trump was calling false, Trudeau said in a news conference Saturday that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

"I mean we had Obama for the last eight years also threatening tariffs".

His aides took the matter further.

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Larry Kudlow, who is the director of the National Economic Council, appeared Sunday on CNN's State of the Union to defend Trump's decision to back out of the joint communique made at the end of the summit. He really actually, you know what?

"We went through it".

"They should have said to him, 'God speed, you are negotiating with the insane nuclear tyrant in North Korea, and we are behind you, '" Kudlow added.

Other Trump advisers also attacked Trudeau in appearances on Sunday.

"That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", Navarro said.

Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

Beyond the bilateral meetings, the G7 leaders took part in two working groups whrre discussion of trade was front and centre.

"The burning tire fire that became the G7 is not surprising given rising trade tensions and President Trump's distaste for these global conclaves", said Chris Krueger, an analyst at Cowen Washington Research Group.

But he got direct personal support from some European leaders.

On board Air Force One, an AFP reporter was told that Trump had approved the agreement, only to be told later of the tweets.

And Trudeau has certainly been among the leaders in that regard in recent days.

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