Donald Trump pulls United States from G7 joint statement, accuses Trudeau of 'dishonesty'

Jermaine Castillo
June 11, 2018

The US leader took to Twitter shortly after the summit in Canada ended on Saturday, accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of dishonesty and withdrawing Washington's endorsement of the statement which vowed to fight protectionism.

The United States on Saturday refused to sign a G-7 declaration calling for a reduction of tariffs and other barriers to trade, as President Donald Trump continued to lash out at traditionally close allies for allegedly treating the US unfairly.

The letter, which comes after Trump imposed hefty aluminium and steel tariffs on the European Union and other trade allies, focuses on the trade and investment relationship between the European Union and the U.S. - a relationship which, the ambassadors say, "other countries can only dream of".

Trudeau said he had told Trump that the talks had been made more complicated by a USA decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, ostensibly for national security reasons.

Although, he said if he senses Kim is not serious, he won't prolong talks.

"It's a one-time shot, and I think it's going to work out very well", Trump said, adding later that there is also a significant chance of failure.

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"Together we should tackle intellectual property theft and look at how we can further reduce red tape, regulatory barriers and tariffs between us - facilitating innovation and investment, to the mutual benefit of business and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic", the letter concludes.

Trump cautioned other nations -those in the G7 and around the world - that the size of the United States economy means other nations can't win a trade war. He left before any resolution was announced on the traditional joint statement from the seven industrialized nations in the group, which in addition to the US and Canada includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

In retrospect, the consensus had appeared shaky from the outset, and even as Trump flew out it was clear that the summit had failed to heal the rift on trade. Before leaving Washington, Mr Trump had said that Russian Federation should be readmitted to the group that had excluded it in 2014 after its invasion of eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. "If you put an expiry date on any trade deal, that's not a trade deal".

"We are committed to addressing the migration challenge by helping migrants to remain and prosper in their own home countries", Trump said. And he was also asked for his thoughts on what Trump's move could mean for the future of the G-7.

Trump placed the blame on his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

Arizona Republican Senator John McCain tweeted a message to allies, saying the pro-free trade and "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't".

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European officials described a much different encounter with Trump than the one he portrayed.

Trump departed the annual G-7 gathering after arriving late to a breakfast on gender equity and skipping later sessions on climate change, clean energy and ocean protection.

Trump's advocacy for Russia's readmittance to the powerful group of industrialized nations - which he first voiced on Friday - comes despite opposition from European allies.

"Very dishonest & weak", he said, adding that the recently imposed USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum were in response to Canada's 270 per cent on American dairy products.

"On NAFTA we either leave it the way it is as a three-some deal with Canada, the United States and Mexico and change it very substantially - we're talking about very big changes".

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