White House blasts Trudeau over G7 statements

Pauline Gross
June 11, 2018

The G7, the annual summit of democracies with developed economies, took place last Friday and Saturday in the Quebec resort town of Charlevoix in Canada.

Soon after the G7 summit, besides slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a series of tweets, US President Donald Trump targeted India's trade protectionist policies.

She said that the European countries will not be "taken advantage of" in terms of trade and that they would "act" against the US trade measures, which are considered as going against the World Trade Organization's rules.

Under the heading 'working together on climate change, oceans, and clean energy', the text started by stressing the whole G7 recognises that "a healthy planet and sustainable economic growth are mutually beneficial" and "collectively affirms our strong determination to achieve a clean environment, clean air, clean water and healthy soil".

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words. Let us be serious and worthy of our people", the statement added.

The joint communique that was thrashed out over two days of negotiations in Canada vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs. We stick to it. He emphatically said that the U.S. was no longer going to allow that kind of imbalance.

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

"It's actually not a real surprise. And we have many deals like that", the US President commented. "To build that up again will take much longer", he told reporters in Berlin.

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Paris also delivered a withering response to the U.S. president's tweeted instruction for American officials to withhold their endorsement. "I would then next travel to Japan or try to set up talks with my Canadian colleagues very quickly".

Trudeau had announced that the G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - had agreed upon a joint communiqué, or formal statement, after a hard week on trade issues.

During a rare solo news conference earlier Saturday, Trump said he pressed for the G7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. The source did not say Trump explicitly said he wanted all German-made cars out of the US.

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

In his summit statement, Trudeau called US tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum imports "insulting" - a word he had used several times in the last two weeks to describe the American premise that Canada poses a national security threat to the U.S.

France and Europe are standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said, adding anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

Before he was elected Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau faced a consistent type of criticism from his opponents: he was too young and too eager to please, conservatives said.

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