Trump criticizes Trudeau, says US won't endorse G7 statement

Trump criticizes Trudeau, says US won't endorse G7 statement

US President Donald Trump proposed the complete elimination of all barriers to global trade at a Group of Seven summit, a move that turns the tables on allies who accuse the US of wielding protectionist policies.

She acknowledged that Canada and the US have disagreed on significant issues in the past - such as the Vietnam and Iraq wars - and still have differences today when it comes to things like climate change and the steel and aluminum tariffs.

There was little expectation of a major breakthrough at the summit - held in the mountainous Quebec village of La Malbaie - on trade given Mr. Trump's temperament and long-held protectionist ideology, but the President insisted he got along well with Mr. Trudeau and other leaders who stood up to him.

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

Earlier on Saturday, Trudeau said that the Group of Seven members managed to coordinate the final communique of the summit that had ended in La Malbaie, Canada.

The Canadian prime minister's office responded to Trump's tweets accusing Trudeau of "false statements" on Saturday, saying that the Prime Minister said nothing during the G7 summit that he had not said previously.

Trudeau again denounced Trump's decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel as "insulting" to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside United States allies.

Trump responded on twitter, calling Trudeau "meek" and "dishonest & weak, before withdrawing the USA endorsement of the G7 joint statement". Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them ... the numbers are so astronomically against them - we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand". "Both of those things could happen", Trump said, warning that it would be "very bad" for Canada and Mexico if no deal could be reached among the three countries.

Even so, the Trudeau government recently alarmed Canadian farmers by signalling a willingness to give on the issue in the face of insistent USA demands. The United States pays enormous tariffs on dairy.

Following Trudeau's comments regarding the communique, the Canadian leader said "strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically American tariffs" took placed at the G-7 meeting.

Trudeau added that he had not agreed to a new North American Free Trade Agreement with a sunset clause.

At issue are USA tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

The president also spoke at length about trade policy, which has been a contentious issue at the G7 gathering.

A year into his presidency, it is now clear that efforts by foreign leaders to manage and temper the unpredictable U.S. leader have failed, and that he is who he said he would be.

As well as criticising the tariffs, Mrs May also opposed Mr Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations.

Trump's relations with the others have hit such a low point that a key question was whether the seven countries can agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting. "If steps are not taken, the penalties would be severe", Trump said.

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