Trump says U.S. won't sign G7 joint statement, leaving summit in chaos

Andrew Cummings
June 11, 2018

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agrees with US President Donald Trump's idea to bring Russian Federation back to the Group of Eight (G8), as he himself wrote on Twitter on Friday, TASS reports.

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.

PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

In Washington, the top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on USA trade policy that risked undermining the American leader on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea. "I have made it clear to the president that [imposing retaliatory tariffs] is not something we relish doing, but it's something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites". "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.

Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G7 leaders after the summit, did not comment as he arrived.

On 31 May, the Trump administration confirmed that it would be going ahead with imposing additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, with trump tweeting about rectifying "unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries" hours before the summit.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sharply criticised Trump's tariffs and promised Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the United States reversed course.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", he said.

Throughout the escalation in rhetoric, Trudeau slammed Trump's tariffs in several media appearances, calling the decision "totally unacceptable" and "insulting".

British Prime Minister Theresa May "is fully supportive" of Trudeau and his leadership, a senior United Kingdom government source said, while European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven for @JustinTrudeau".

Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The relationship has reportedly frayed to the point where Trump was considering sending Vice President Mike Pence to the G7 summit in his place, according to a Washington Post report.

SPD leader Andrea Nahles accused Trump of turning the G7 summit into a disaster with his tweets and bowing out of his global responsibilities.

This year's G7 summit had been dubbed "G6-plus-1" by many, referring to U.S. isolation over issues including trade and the Iran nuclear deal.

"Our values and interests are built through multilateralism, including American interests", Macron said in a tweet. (The U.S. managed a $3 billion surplus with Canada.) Trump has condemned Canada's tariffs on imported dairy products and the EU's tariffs on auto imports.

In a statement, The Associated Press reported, a spokesman for Trudeau did not address Trump's tweeted insults.

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