Donald Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2018

The announcement and Trump's planned tariffs have also put him on a collision course with Trudeau, leader of another key United States ally. "He was polarizing. He really kind of stabbed us in the back, he did a great disservice to the whole G-7, he betrayed them." he said.

The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticised Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

After President Trump left, from Air Force One, he rage-tweeted an attack on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and announced the USA was revoking its agreement to accept the joint statement of the G-7 members.

Responding to Trump, Trudeau's spokesperson Cameron Ahmad said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit". "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this (G7) statement".

Trudeau told the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the USA has moved forward with significant tariffs on their steel and aluminum industry.

"In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Freeland told reporters in Quebec City.

"We were very close to making a deal with Canada on NAFTA, bilaterally perhaps, and then we leave and Trudeau pulls this sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption".

Trump claimed that tariffs were necessary because the U.S. has been exploited as the world's "piggy bank" under existing arrangements, but his counterparts were determined to protect "rules-based" global trade. The United States pays enormous tariffs on dairy.

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.

In an extraordinary set of tweets aboard Air Force One, on its way to Singapore for Tuesday's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray Saturday and threatened to escalate his trade war just as Canada released the G-7's official communique.

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President Donald Trump wrapped his short trip to Canada extolling his relationship with the G7 countries as a 10 out of 10, and blasting reports of rifts between the USA and world as nothing more than "fake news".

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump raised eyebrows on Friday by suggesting Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin G-7.

"Very dishonest [and] weak", Trump tweeted.

"How is it possible to work this way if once you have agreed to something, two hours later the guy decides he doesn't agree with what he agreed with?" said François Heisbourg, a former French presidential national security adviser.

Tapper picked up on the implication and said this was about North Korea.

Trump's decision not to endorse the G7 communique brought pushback from some in the United States, including Arizona Republican Sen.

In a freewheeling news conference at the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Trump defended his contentious case for bringing Russian Federation back to an expanded G8, and he riffed again on what he said are unfair trade deficits with his country.

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free".

French President Emmanuel Macron had labelled the summit a success before Trump's Twitter posts, saying there was relief within the G7 that an escalation of the trade dispute had been avoided.

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