Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Hopes For Unified G7 Statement Seemingly Dashed After Trump Tweet

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie
Nellie Chapman | 11 June, 2018, 10:07

On Sunday, a day after Trump refused to sign a communiqué of the Group of 7 major industrial economies, his advisers went on the attack, accusing Prime Minister Trudeau of "betrayal" and a "stab" in the back, even as Canada, Germany and France pushed back against what they called the USA president's "insult" and "inconsistency".

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused the Canadian PM of betraying Mr Trump with "polarising" statements on trade policy that risked making the U.S. leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Mr. Trump's tweets taking aim at the leader of a country that has always been a USA ally came after the President left the G7 summit in Canada to travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un, CNN reported.

U.S. President Donald Trump fired off a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the wake of a divisive G7 meeting over the weekend.

Mr Trump left off last night with a series of tweets from Air Force One en route to Singapore for his nuclear summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

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Trump's change of heart appeared to have been invoked by Trudeau's comments on Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs against Canada and other allies.

Mr Trump did not name the document that he was referring to.

President Donald Trump tweeted out more criticism of US trade partners Monday, including allies in Europe and Canada, adding to his declarations that the United States will no longer tolerate what he has called "trade abuse".

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

Trump is being accused by some of upending "two days of global economic diplomacy" after he tweeted that the United States should not sign the G7 Communique that Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said had been agreed upon in Quebec.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said it was wrong for Trump to pull out of the joint G7 communique that would have showed solidarity with America's best allies. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, said it's one thing for Mr. Trump to get angry, but quite another to ditch the agreement.

Nafta was a key topic when Trump held a bilateral meeting with Trudeau on Friday, with Trump later saying they had a "very, very good meeting". "We make commitments and keep to them", a statement from the French presidency quoted by AFP news agency said.

Speaking to CNN today, Trump adviser Larry Kudlow says he personally negotiated with Trudeau during the two-day G7 summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region and insists the United States agreed to the language in the communique in good faith.

"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President".

But foreign minister Chrystia Freeland said, "Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

The comments from Trudeau prompted Trump to criticize the Canadian leader on Twitter and decline to endorse the G7 communique.