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

Trump says United States won't sign G7 joint statement, leaving summit in chaos

Trump says United States won't sign G7 joint statement, leaving summit in chaos

But the summit host, Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.

U.S. President Donald Trump told Group of Seven leaders that the United States wanted a quick end to trade practices that he says have led to an exodus of American companies and jobs to other countries.

John McCain on Saturday night criticized President Trump for his comments about the G7 summit about trade and Russian Federation.

He is now raging on Twitter about a statement given by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following Trump's early exit.

Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world". "With that being said I think we'll probably easily make a deal". Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

Soon after he headed out to Singapore where he will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un later in the week.

"Very dishonest and weak" he claimed, adding in a separate tweet: "I have instructed our USA reps not to endorse the communique". "Everyone agreed, including President Trump", the official said on Friday, without elaborating.

"It would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us", Trudeau said. "The president will continue to say what he says, on various occasions", said the prime minister.


The leaders will join Trump, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte in Quebec for talks on Friday and Saturday.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".

Trudeau's office, reeling from the abrupt Trump reversal hours after the two men had joked and smiled their way through a fractious G7 meeting, said only that Trudeau had said nothing in his news conference that he hadn't said before. He touted the "great meetings and relationships", and said that the other leaders "understand where I am coming from".

When a CNN reporter asked Trump to respond to a question about whether he had sowed division in the G7 in what many have described as a G6-plus-one scenario, the president excoriated the reporter for perpetuating "fake news".

Trump's comments on Saturday came shortly after Trudeau, who was hosting the G-7 meeting in Canada, had projected an image of cooperation.

"I think there are various discussions about alternatives that would not be that, and that would not be entirely destabilizing for a trade deal, and I think we are open to creativity", he said.

The joint statement signed by US President Donald Trump and his counterparts comes amid a row over high US tariffs imposed this month on steel and aluminium imports.

The document showed the group of rich, developed nations remained divided in the crucial area of protecting the planet from climate change - and it gave a clear statement that the United States remained the outlier. They have recovered somewhat, but are still vulnerable and Italy's new government is also a risk. Trump said at the White House just before departing.

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