Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump blasts Canada, calls for Russia to be returned to G8

Trump blasts Canada, calls for Russia to be returned to G8

Alongside Trudeau's eyebrows, the G7 summit also saw President Donald Trump lash out at the Canadian prime minister after he said that Canada would with "absolute certainty" impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods.

The annual G7 summit appeared to have weathered tensions over Trump's threats of a trade war on Saturday - until the USA president pulled out of a joint statement while citing "false statements" by Trudeau.

Canada's Justin Trudeau and other leaders had given closing press conferences and announced a US-backed joint statement.

Reacting to the same, Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said, "Trudeau really kind of stabbed us in the back". We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them, once their back was turned, shows their incoherence and inconsistency. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox News, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

Having left the G7 summit in Canada early, Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

Trump had said that the decision of the Indian government to reduce the tariff from 75 per cent to 50 per cent was not enough and asked that it should be reciprocal, as the USA imposes "zero tax" on the import of motorcycles.

On Sunday, Mrs Merkel labelled Mr Trump's use of Twitter to withdraw from the G7 communique on trade "sobering and a bit depressing". Trudeau stuck our president in the back.


But Trump said that the notion that the G7 summit was in any way contentious was "fake news", telling reporters Saturday that the conference had been "so wonderful".

The tweets Mr Trump posted after the G7 contained direct attacks on the Canadian PM.

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

"He was even willing to sign that socialist communique", Navarro said, referring to the joint statement of G7 nations that Trump ultimately refused to sign, and which was reportedly the result of hard-line American demands. It also says the countries will work to promote low or no tariffs in order to promote trade between them.

Trudeau said Canada planned to retaliate after the Trump administration announced tariffs last month that will be coming as of July 1.

Asked about Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, according to reporter Daniel Dale, "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

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