Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

White House blasts Trudeau over G7 statements

White House blasts Trudeau over G7 statements

Group of 7, or G7, leaders gathered in Canada on Saturday to hash out a statement they all could agree to.

U.S. President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

"Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal", Trump tweeted, as he criticized Canadian tariffs on imports of U.S. milk.

Asked whether allies had any reason to worry about Trump's commitment to any deal he reaches with North Korea following his abrupt withdrawal from the G7 communique, one U.S. official appeared to brush aside the notion, saying other countries have got used to how the president operates internationally.

Guy Verhofstaft, the European Union parliament's representative in Brexit negotiations and former prime minister of Belgium, shared a photo of Merkel staring down President Trump during a meeting at the G7 summit.

The G7 summit took place over two days in Charlevoix, Quebec.

Other members of the Group of 7 stood with Canada against Trump.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, in general, make financial contributions based on their economic output, and as a result of being the world's biggest economy the United States does contribute a larger amount than other nations.

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Apart from this, the two sides formally agreed to undertake a joint project in Afghanistan , pertaining to "capacity building". He said next round of Special Representative-level talks on boundary question will be held during second half of this year.

In his press conference Saturday, Trudeau said he was disappointed in the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union, and Mexico, promising retaliatory measures because Canada "will not be pushed around". Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security.

It is unclear if Trump's focus on getting tough with trade partners, and solving the North Korean nuclear issue will have some influence on voters in the mid-term congressionsal elections in November.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words", France's Élysée Palace said in a statement. He also said he would not be endorsing the communique which agreed the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", stressed the importance of fighting protectionism and demanded Moscow cease its destabilising behaviour.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

"He held a press conference and he said the insulting. The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn. "It started out as a good summit because we were actually talking to each other, instead of past each other", said Mr Peter Beyer, the German government's coordinator on trans-Atlantic relations. "But we say that with great sadness".

"I think the pushback by Congress is going to come up incredibly short", Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist, said of Republican efforts to rein in Trump.

In a news conference after the summit, Mr Trudeau had said that while he did not want to "punish American workers", his job was to protect Canadians and as such he would press ahead with tariffs on some USA imports.

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