Donald Trump Withdraws Endorsement Of G7 Joint Statement

Howard TerryJun 11, 2018

In a second tweet, Trump said that Trudeau acted "meek and mild" during the G7 summit and that the United States tariffs were in response to Canada's 270% tariff on dairy products.

Before leaving for Singapore, Mr. Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The statement was a declaration of shared values and goals by the seven countries - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - that attended.

It comes after Trudeau explained his position at a news conference in which he outlined the difficulties in moving forward with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith".

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday he is unsure why the Trump administration is heavily focused on trade relations with Canada, being that the northern neighbor is one of the strongest allies of the U.S.

Trudeau, who hosts the gathering of seven nations, was accused of making false statements by President Trump.

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

Kim Jong-un "must not see American weakness", Kudlow said, shaking his jowls in a very Nixonian fashion. Trudeau said Canada will enforce retaliatory tariffs because of Trump's actions.

On Twitter, Mr. Trump called his remarks "very dishonest and weak", citing Canada's imposition of tariffs on dairy products.

As a result, the US did not participate in discussions created to tackle climate change and the removal of plastics from the world's oceans. He described Trudeau's news conference as "sophomoric" and a "political stunt".

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

Follow his statement, Trump and several of his advisors went on the attack, citing similar talking points.

Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the United States and has insisted that it be renegotiated.

"I understand the president was upset", Feinstein told CNN.

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbour.

Trump issued the tweets from Air Force One just as Canada released the joint statement.

Navarro wasn't the only top Trump adviser to use his appearance on a Sunday talk show to take pot-shots at Trudeau for daring to respond to the president's tariffs.

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