Trump's G7 Communique U-Turn Destroys Partners' Trust - German Foreign Minister

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our United States farmers, workers and companies".

Later Sunday, Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro piles on - "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

"I highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA and that it would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1st, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us", Trudeau told reporters.

Moments after Trudeau's government released a joint statement that was said to have been agreed upon by all seven nations (The U.S., France, Britain, Canada, Japan, Italy and Germany), Trump went on Twitter to reveal his real thoughts.

As President Trump was leaving the G7 summit onboard Air Force One, Trudeau held a press conference in which he said that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the USA on trade.

Explaining the USA president's actions, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back". Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

Trudeau called the fact that the USA had based the tariffs on a national security reason "kind of insulting". He also announced over Twitter he'd instructed US officials to not endorse the statement, which serves as a declaration and recap of what was decided in the meeting.

Trudeau's office said he had not said anything in his closing G7 news conference he has not said to Trump before. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed USA trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

Unfortunately Donald Trump walked in late to a breakfast hosted by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was also ultimately the host of the Quebec-based summit.

The Prime minister's spokesman tweeting that what Trudeau said wasn't anything he hadn't already said to Trump himself. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

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Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric" for a news conference the prime minister gave after Trump left the G7 summit on Saturday. Senator John McCain responded to these tweets by supposedly speaking for the American people and saying that the country stands with the rest of the G7 countries, even if President Trump does not. He says that we are the problem with tariffs. "I, for one, would definitely cut a deal with the United States after that".

"I think the pushback by Congress is going to come up incredibly short", Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist, said of Republican efforts to rein in Trump.