Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump breaks with G7 joint statement

Trump breaks with G7 joint statement

Trump also called Trudeau "dishonest and weak", an insult Navarro repeated in his appearance Sunday.

Trump administration members continued a war of words with a traditional US ally Sunday, accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing the president's team in the back.

"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, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shot back at Trump's comments at a press conference Saturday by saying Canadians "did not take lightly" that the American tariffs were introduced on a basis of national security, and that they would not be "pushed around".

Trudeau said at the news conference that while the G-7 meeting was "very successful", Canada could impose retaliatory tariffs on USA products.

The joint statement between the leaders of the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Italy, and Canada comes after President Trump refused to back down from his decision to impose worldwide tariffs on goods, including steel and aluminum imports.

The Elysee Palace was responding to questions about the outcome of the summit, after US President Donald Trump refused to give his backing to a joint declaration, despite hours earlier signing the communique.

But Trump's combative words at the end of G7 summit is political posturing in advance of the historic summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Kudlow admitted under questioning by CNN host Jake Tapper. He said he wanted to work with US negotiators on trade deals and criticized tariffs imposed by Trump.

Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back", White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, calling on the Canadian to apologize.

"We had extremely productive discussions on the need to have fair and reciprocal" trade, he said.

Friday morning he was spitting again: "Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

The move enraged Trump, who branded his Canadian counterpart "dishonest and weak" in a furious tweet, announcing the USA would pull out of an agreed communique.

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbor.

As America distanced itself from its allies while attempting to pick a genuine fight with its placid neighbor to the north, a dumbfounded rest of the world reacted - and a couple of Republicans weighed in, too.

Trudeau called the fact that the U.S. had based the tariffs on a national security reason "kind of insulting". John McCain (R-Ariz.) criticized President Donald Trump's foreign policy with a message of allegiance to the United States' allies on behalf of Americans.

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Speaking on US broadcaster Fox News, US trade adviser Peter Navarro blamed Canada for the disastrous ending to the G7 summit.

"I understand the President was upset", Feinstein said. "President Trump made it clear, time and again, in those two days outside of Quebec that he wants to reinstitute a process of free trade, no tariffs, no tariff barriers, no quotas and subsidies".

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