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

Trump says he ordered his representatives not to sign G7’s final communique

Trump says he ordered his representatives not to sign G7’s final communique

Within minutes of the official release of the document, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter over what he described as the prime minister's "false statements" during the closing news conference - and the president announced the USA would no longer endorse the communique.

Mr. Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs.

Mr Trudeau said he had reiterated to Mr Trump, who left the G7 meeting before it ended, that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the US-Canada border. Moving onto tariffs, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Trump's plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on key USA trading partners.

But California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said Trump wasn't just taking on Trudeau, but all of the United States' best allies by not signing the G-7 statement after a two-day meeting in Canada with leaders of the world's largest industrialized economies.

A top US White House advisor has accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing the US in the back.

"We make commitments and keep to them", a statement from the French presidency quoted by AFP news agency said.

On Fox News Sunday, White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro also defended the president with adversarial language.

According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on US goods and services but is willing to do so. "[Trudeau] can't put Trump in a position of being weak going into the North Korean talks with Kim".

Navarro added that the joint G-7 communique, a statement of shared beliefs that usually accompanies the close of the meeting, was a "socialist document". "Canadians are polite, we are reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around". "Kim must not see American weakness". American tariffs are in response to Canada's tariffs of "270% on diary" delivered by the U.S., he said.

At a press conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Macron called Trump's tariffs "unilateral and illegal". Trump was also furious with him for holding a press conference in which Trudeau reasserted his opposition to the US tariffs, and vowed to impose similar tariffs on USA goods.

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

Kudlow said Trudeau had engaged in a "a sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption" and should apologize.

The president also tweeted from aboard Air Force One that due to "Justin's false statements" the US would not sign on with the other six members of the G-7 to a joint communique that was to follow the meeting.

Trump swiftly responded to Trudeau by upending the communiqué in a series of tweets Saturday evening. "I have made it clear to the president that [imposing retaliatory tariffs] is not something we relish doing, but it's something that we absolutely will do".

"It's going to change", said Trump.

Like this: