Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump split with G7 allies because Kim ‘must not see weakness’

Trump split with G7 allies because Kim ‘must not see weakness’

Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro continued the White House onslaught against Justin Trudeau on Sunday, after the president slammed the Canadian Prime Minister in tweets the night before.

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.

Macron's office stressed that France and Europe maintained their support for the communique, saying there was no place for anger on the circuit of worldwide diplomacy.

"All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win", Navarro said.

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

"I think we had a very open and direct discussion this afternoon, we've always had this kind of discussion".

"He was polarizing. He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Just as the Trudeau-hosted Group of Seven meeting of the world's leading industrialised nations had seemed to weather Trump's threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the group's joint statement that Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.

Trump claimed that tariffs were necessary because the U.S. has been exploited as the world's "piggy bank" under existing arrangements, but his counterparts were determined to protect "rules-based" worldwide trade. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference? The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

While Trump set a combative tone before even arriving at the summit with tweets about unfair trade deals, he appeared affable and joking at multiple brief photo opportunities and praised Macron for helping to work out trade issues.

A New York Times reporter who was present at the Trudeau press conference tweeted Sunday that he didn't understand what remarks Kudlow was referring to when the economic adviser said Trudeau stabbed the the back.

The joint statement between the leaders of G7 nations comes after President Trump refused to back down from his decision to impose global tariffs on goods, including steel and aluminum imports.

But there were signs, among otherwise frustrated European leaders, that they see Trump and his "America First" agenda as an aberration and not necessarily as expressive of a new reality that will never change. A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said on Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.

What supposedly upset Trump so much was a press conference Trudeau held after Trump's departure, in which he averred that Trump's tariffs on Canadian goods would be met with appropriate countermeasures from Canada.

Russian Federation was suspended from the group in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said it stood by the communique.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Ms Merkel told reporters.

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