Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Donald Trump rejects G7 communique as he brands Justin Trudeau 'weak'

Donald Trump rejects G7 communique as he brands Justin Trudeau 'weak'

US President Donald Trump has refused to endorse the Group of Seven leaders' summit statement in retaliation to what he has called "false statements" from the Canadian Prime Minister, despite the communique having already been released to the public.

Trump said that Trudeau was "meek and mild" during the G7 meeting.

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.

He left before any resolution was announced on the traditional joint statement from the seven industrialized nations in the group, which in addition to the US and Canada includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

The outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large U.S. market.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said it's one thing for Mr. Trump to get angry, but quite another to ditch the agreement.

Mr Trudeau said: "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around".

As Buzzfeed's David Mack noted, Trump's sudden change just doesn't look good considering he is on his way to a historic summit with North Korea and begs the question "Why on earth should they trust the United States?" "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them, " he said.

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

The Canadian government announced at the G7 summit that it has raised more than $3.8 billion in an effort with other countries to send the world's poorest girls to school.

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement to AFP, and it was published publicly online before Trump tweeted.

"He says that we are the problem with tariffs".

Trump had entered the summit amid a spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over us tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Trump, who repeated that his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair global competition, said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

Reacting to Trump's tweets, Trudeau's office said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the summit".

Mr Trump earlier warned his counterparts against retaliation after the United States imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium from Europe, Mexico and Canada - saying they would be "making a mistake".

Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world".

Despite the sharp differences, Trudeau said all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

He blamed the summit's host: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "Angela and Emmanuel and Justin, I would say the relationshiip is a 10", he said.

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