Trump breaks with G7 joint statement

Geraldine Edwards
June 11, 2018

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies". "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!"

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "He also called Trudeau "weak" and 'dishonest", echoing the President's own words. "And no subsidies. I even said, 'no tariffs, '" Trump insisted while defending his decision to impose a global tariff on United States imports of steel and aluminium.

Mr Kudlow said: "He held a press conference and he said the insulting".

G7 allies seemed as perplexed as Canada at the sudden diplomatic row, and Germany and France accused Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

While at the Summit in Quebec, Canada, Trump blasted the foreign leaders who were there with him as they jointly were supposed to come up with new solutions and possibilities for trade.

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France is also standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said, adding anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

Seven world leaders met Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec for what is known as the G7 summit.

European officials said Mr Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

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

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said in a press conference Saturday, prior to his decision to withdraw from the communique.

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He was reacting to Trudeau's declaration that Canadians would "not be pushed around" and would hit back at punishing U.S. tariffs on metal imports with "equivalent tariffs". "I personally negotiated with Prime Minister Trudeau", Mr. Kudlow said.

Responding to a question from CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Joyce Napier, Freeland said that, for her, "the most important thing is deeds rather than words", adding that Canada plans to retaliate against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum starting on July 1, something she says Canada is "doing out of sorrow".

"There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership", she said, adding that the current round of trade tariffs that the USA and European Union have imposed on each other did not signal the end of a partnership.

Trump had set a very confrontational tone ahead of the summit by slapping tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada and the European Union, and calling for Russian Federation to be let back into the summit.

"That's actually not the reason that the United States, according to the Trump administration, imposed the steel tariffs on Canada", he replied.

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