G-7 summit ends with US rejecting joint statement

11 June, 2018, 16:19 | Author: Sheila Harris
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U.S. President Donald Trump throws the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and instructed his representatives NOT to endorse the summit's joint communique.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke candidly about pushing Trump to reverse his position on the tariffs.

In a series of tweets after his departure, Trump said the USA paid "close to the entire cost of Nato" to protect countries that "rip us off on trade".

He was reacting to Trudeau's declaration that Canadians would "not be pushed around" and would hit back at punishing United States tariffs on metal imports with "equivalent tariffs".

US President Donald Trump proposed the complete elimination of all barriers to global trade at a Group of Seven summit, a move that turns the tables on allies who accuse the US of wielding protectionist policies.

In response, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter, calling him "dishonest & weak".

Wallace pressed him on the results of Trump's aggressive trade stance: Weren't other countries' newly announced tariffs on American goods the opposite of what the White House wanted?

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His comment sparked a new diplomatic spat between Trudeau and the Trump administration and led Chancellor Merkel to criticize Trump's handling of the matter.

The two-day G7 summit that began on Friday, was held in La Malbaie, Quebec province.

Trump, who arrived late to the first meeting on gender equality today, will leave before talks on climate change and the health of oceans, after not gaining support in his grievances over United States tariffs.

In May, Trump hit Canada, Mexico and the European Union with steel and aluminum tariffs as part of an effort to create "FAIR TRADE" agreements with America's partners.

"They should have said to him, 'God speed, you are negotiating with the insane nuclear tyrant in North Korea, and we are behind you, '" Kudlow added. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did at that stunt press conference".

The US president had also referred to a conversation he had with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard and called him a "beautiful man".

"Kudlow accused Trudeau of making his comments for "domestic political consumption" and doing "a great disservice to the whole G7".'He really kind of stabbed us in the back, '" CNN reports.

In response, Canada, Mexico and the European Union said they were putting in place their own retaliatory measures.

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