Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Trump Rejects G-7 Statement, Claiming Trudeau Is 'Very Dishonest and Weak'

Melinda Barton | 11 June, 2018, 02:48

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

Trump administration members continued a war of words with a traditional USA ally Sunday, accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing the president's team in the back.

Trudeau said Trump's citing of "national security" as a reason for the levies being imposed was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I. His tweet also accused the prime minister of being "dishonest and weak", and claimed that he only placed tariffs on aluminum and steel in response to Canada's "270% on dairy!"

The Group of Seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

Trudeau spent most of his news conference trying to play down divisions between the United States and the six other members of the G-7.

On Fox News Sunday, White House Director of Trade Policy Peter Navarro also defended the president with adversarial language.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea -" Kudlow added.

Justin Trudeau and President Trump participate in the working session at the G7 summit on Friday.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.

"That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump".

Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Prime Minister Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the US reversed course. He described Trudeau's news conference as "sophomoric" and a "political stunt".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: "We are focused on everything we accomplished at the G7 summit". Many claimed McCain's statement undermined Trump on the world stage as he works to fix what he believes are longstanding trade imbalances between the US and its allies.

"It is a historic negotiation and there is no way this president is not going to stand strong", Kudkow said on CBS' Face the Nation.

Trump on Saturday publicly humiliated Trudeau after he released the joint communique.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something that we relish doing, but it is absolutely something that we will do". He instructed USA representatives not to sign the communique from the summit, raising new questions about Mr. Trump's strained relationship with leaders of historic allies.