Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Trump withdrew from G7 statement to show toughness: Kudlow

Trump withdrew from G7 statement to show toughness: Kudlow

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

Freeland reiterated that Canada would retaliate to us tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way, adding the country would always be willing to talk. "Our Tariffs are in response to his 270% on dairy!"

President Donald Trump's call to bring Russian Federation back into a group of the world's major advanced economies drew opposition from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers who said Moscow shouldn't be rewarded for its bad - and unrepentant - behavior. In response to USA duties, Canada has already issued its own tariff threats, which Trudeau said would go into effect on July 1.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: "We are focused on everything we accomplished at the G7 summit".

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 global tariffs on goods, including steel and aluminum imports.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", said the US President at a press conference before making an early exit from the two-day summit in Quebec.

Following his departure from the summit Saturday evening, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "Very dishonest & weak" during the summit, drawing criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including Arizona Republican Sen.

Saying Trudeau's statements are "amateurish" and "sophomoric" only "for domestic consumption", Kudlow said it was Trudeau's remarks that had prompted Trump to pull out of the joint communique.

During a press conference after the summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flatly rejected a proposal by the White House to insert a sunset clause in a re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

But Kudlow probably didn't help the message he was sending to the Canadian leader by once referring to him as "Pierre Trudeau".

Europe will not let Trump do "whatever he pleases", the German chancellor said, adding that "we will not allow ourselves to be deceived again and again". "The politics for the Prime Minister just got a lot more complicated".

"We need Russian Federation for disarmament talks" and for discussions about both Ukraine and Syria, Merkel said.

"We'd have a great deal with Nafta by now if the Canadians would spend more time at the bargaining table and less time lobbying Capitol Hill, and our press and state governments here", Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday". "We're the closest partners in the world and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything".

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said. He described all seven leaders coming together to sign the joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said: "In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters".

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

Trump bantered easily with Trudeau, joking that the neighbouring leader had "agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers".

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