Trump Withdraws Endorsement Of G-7 Communique Over Trudeau Statements

Daniel Fowler
June 11, 2018

United States President Donald Trump on Saturday withdrew his endorsement of a joint statement released at the end of the G7 summit held in Canada and accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being dishonest.

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"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

On Friday evening, the White House issued a statement saying Trump and Trudeau were very close to a deal to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement.

He said: "We had some strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically on American tariffs".

On bringing Russian Federation back into the G7: "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in". The move has since angered leaders in Europe, Canada and Mexico and has prompted retaliatory threats on USA goods.

"Why isn't the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers and companies".

But after saying he would give his relationship with fellow world leaders 10 out of 10, Mr Trump hit out at his northern neighbour.

The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the United States, the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy.

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"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", he continued, describing America as a "piggy bank that everyone keeps robbing". "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements.

After the conclusion of the summit, Trump said the United States has "put up with trade abuse for many decades - and that is long enough".

"If they retaliate they are making a mistake because.they do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose that". The top source is the other NAFTA member, Mexico.

Trump also raised eyebrows by urging the G7 to once again become a G8 by bringing Russian Federation back into the fold and for criticizing his allies, including Canada, for what he called unfair trade barriers.

Trump is not the first politician to make the realpolitik argument that Russian Federation belongs at the G-7 table, but his position is a turnabout from the Obama administration, which condemned the 2014 annexation and imposed sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment.

"When I am telling them, they are smiling at me".

"President Trump and I had a brief word here at the summit about how he is looking forward to his visit to the United Kingdom and I look forward to welcoming him to the United Kingdom".

France's President Macron also shared another view, with him arguing forcefully with his hands in Mr Trump's direction.

The US President did not appear to be listening during some of the trade presentations, another G7 official familiar with the meeting said.

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