Canada spat escalates, Europeans criticize Trump's G7 move

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2018

That statement sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade.

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around", he said. "You know, it's like the gig is up". "All Justin Trudeau had to do was take the win". Without naming the president in his tweet, Comey said that the country's relationship with Canada is crucial for national security.

A picture of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel displaying less-than-friendly body language is turning out to be a defining image of the contentious meeting of the Group of Seven leaders of the world's advanced economies.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said in the news conference.

In response to Trump's tweets, the PMO released a statement shortly after that simply read, "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President".

Mr Trudeau had told reporters that Mr Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

Trudeau hosted the summit on the back of several tense weeks of trade discussions with the United States, who imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from several countries a few months back, but offered Canada and Mexico an exemption from the fees as they continued NAFTA discussions.

Mr. Kudlow said Mr. Trudeau "busted up" the G-7 summit with his remarks - even if they were designed for domestic consumption in Canada, and though Mr. Trump is known for making strident comments in other settings.

In the days leading up to the G7 meetings, Trump set his sights on Trudeau, accusing the prime minister of "being so indignant" in voicing his concerns with US trade policy.

"I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!", Trump tweeted Saturday evening while en route to Singapore aboard Air Force One.

Despite Mr Trump's actions, the UK, France and Germany have insisted they will stand by the commitments made at the summit.

The release of the picture caused animated commentary around the world about body language and what it might say about relations between the United States and its allies in the Trump era.

Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Prime Minister Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the US reversed course.

Charest said if he does follow through on autos, it "will be a catastrophe", citing that 22 per cent of the cars sold in the US a year ago were exported from Canada.

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin Spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said in a statement, seemingly having little interest in rejoining the forum.

"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", he said.

"We need to stand with our democratic allies", Feinstein said. The US isn't expected to join separate agreements for cleaner oceans or combating climate change, which the other six nations will sign, Merkel said.