Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Trump Pulls Out Of Joint G7 Statement, Calls Trudeau 'Weak'

Trump Pulls Out Of Joint G7 Statement, Calls Trudeau 'Weak'

Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy, agrees with Donald Trump, the U.S. President, that Russian Federation has to return to G8, as he wrote on Twitter. The rules of the World Trade Organization do allow Canada's punishing tariffs on dairy and the EU's on autos.

New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday he would try to promote "moderate" positions on trade tariffs at a Group of Seven summit where the contentious issue looks set to dominate talks among leaders.

In response, Trudeau's office said the prime minister had "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president" while an European Union official told dpa the bloc would "stick to the communique as agreed by all participants".

Trudeau also said that Canada will not agree to a "sunset clause" in negotiations for NAFTA.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement to AFP.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words".

The official said worldwide relations "can not depend on anger or small words" and must be conducted in a way that is "serious and worthy of our people".

At issue are USA tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

The annual G-7 summit appeared to have weathered tensions over President Donald Trump's threats of a trade war.

Germany and France on Sunday sharply criticised US President Donald Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

"Let's say Canada, where we have tremendous tariffs".

Trump lashed out at Trudeau after the G7 issued a fragile joint communique in which the embattled alliance managed to overcome some differences and find areas of common ground.

French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump railed against trade practices he called unfair to the United States at the meeting, where leaders agreed on Saturday to fight protectionism and reform the World Trade Organization. "It's a attractive evening, a great weekend".

He also announced over Twitter he'd instructed USA officials to not endorse the statement, which serves as a declaration and recap of what was decided in the meeting. China has vowed to retaliate in equal measure.

The investigation into cars is seen by some as a way for the gain leverage in the talks to revamp Nafta, including Mexico, which is the largest source of USA auto imports.

But tariffs on US imports of cars and auto parts would devastate the Canadian auto industry, which is highly integrated with the USA sector.

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

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