G7 in disarray after Trump rejects communique and attacks 'weak' Trudeau

Geraldine Edwards
June 10, 2018

Following Trudeau's comments regarding the communique, the Canadian leader said "strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically American tariffs" took placed at the G-7 meeting.

Hours after the G7 summit, US President Donald Trump is attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau again for "false statements", and he is refusing to endorse the summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

It wasn't long after the news conference that Trump took to Twitter, calling Trudeau "meek" and "dishonest" in a series of posts, claiming the Canadian leader changed his tone after Trump left the meetings. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

"We're looking for peace in the world".

Trump, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday, pointed fingers at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, stating that "they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Because of the divisions, it was unclear whether the gathering would be able to secure a joint communique agreed by all leaders setting out what had been achieved at the summit - something that has not happened since 2007.

Because of the disputes, many observers were not certain a statement would be issued under all seven countries' names. "We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades -- and that is long enough".

The G7 consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain, and the United States.

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The two-day summit here was meant to cool tensions between Trump and other world leaders, but as they departed on Saturday it became clear that many are still searching for answers and also searching for ways to deal with the unpredictable USA leader. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

"To do this, the United States has imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports. I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7".

Trudeau made the remarks when he met with Trump during the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada on Friday, according to the official G7 website.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not intimidated, Jiang reported.

Trump has repeatedly claimed the USA has a large trade deficit with Canada.

US allies said they were stunned by Trump's friendly gesture toward Russian Federation, especially considering his move last month to cite "national security" reasons for threatening to impose tariffs on the steel imports of major USA allies.

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The president says the U.S. is "pretty close" to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

Trump's faithfulness to his election promises on pulling out of the Paris climate deal and the Iran nuclear pact also caused splits with allies who believe both agreements are critical to their national security.

The president also offered reassurance that Canada and the US have made progress in their trade dispute over his administration's punishing steel and aluminum tariffs on all the other G7 members.

"I would say that the level of relationships is a 10 - we have a great relationship".

He said he just wants what's fair for America.

Trudeau says Canada would answer with its own tariffs on July 1 unless the US reversed course.

That includes a $400-million investment from Canada as part of the overall three-year commitment, and also includes contributions from G7 partners and the World Bank.

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