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

Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement, slams 'weak' Trudeau

Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement, slams 'weak' Trudeau

La Malbaie: US President Donald Trump created suspense on Saturday by arriving late for the first meeting of the second and final day of the G7 summit.

"We also agreed that we want to reduce tariffs and remove trade barriers and also to reduce subsidies", Merkel said at her closing press conference.

The prime minister said: 'Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around'.

All the group's leaders had spoken publicly about the summit and the Canadian government had issued the communique when Trump's tweets were posted.

"The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies", Mr. Trump continued.

Trump then called Trudeau "Very dishonest & weak" in a follow-up tweet.

Despite smiles and jokes for the cameras, the tension among the leaders was clear.

Trump says he has not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while. We're actually working on cutting tariffs and making it all very fair for both countries.

According to the U.S. president, who earlier this week said that he "didn't have to prepare very much" for the meeting other than ready himself to "get things done", much will hinge on Kim's character and openness to genuine negotiation.

The tariffs target US steel and aluminum, as well as other items like bourbon, motorcycles, peanut butter, chewing tobacco, and orange juice. Canada, Mexico and the European Union all threatened retaliatory tariffs after their exemption status was lifted. Canada is focused on maintaining a trilateral pact, the official said.

As the leaders of the top industrialised democracies began meeting ahead of the G7 summit in Quebec, European leaders warned that Trump's stance threatens the Western-led world order.

Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate accord and his attendance of a G7 session on the issue was in question well into the last minute.

"Ultimatums are not enough for the G20, one needs to make agreements there".

Once again, Trump emphasized that the days of the USA getting the short end of the stick in its trading relationships with the world were over under his watch.

The president has been a disruptive force for the worldwide trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the US with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion.

However, Canadian PM's office responded to the "tweeting attack" in a statement saying that Justin Trudeau did nothing to provoke the backlash from Donald Trump.

Tusk had earlier lamented that the "rules-based global order is being challenged" by current US President Donald Trump.

The disputes threaten to derail a meeting that Trudeau had planned, focusing on inclusive growth, gender equality and protecting oceans.

Morneau said the tariff retaliation would cause "increasing friction" that would impede progress on NAFTA, but added there is a need "to step back from that destructive action so that we can actually get to the real work".

"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and a very bad thing for Mexico. I think that he's going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside, we'll see", said Trump. "I'm not looking to play that game".

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