Emmanuel Macron Says 'Things Moving Forward' After G7 Trade Spat

  • Emmanuel Macron Says 'Things Moving Forward' After G7 Trade Spat

Emmanuel Macron Says 'Things Moving Forward' After G7 Trade Spat

Lashing out at the longtime USA ally and northern neighbor, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is "dishonest & weak" and that the US was pulling back its endorsement of the G-7 summit's communique in part because of what he called Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Macron made the remarks against U.S. President Donald Trump as he spoke with Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "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".

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, told reporters.

Trudeau, in Quebec City for bilateral meetings with non-G7 leaders after the summit, did not respond to reporter questions as he arrived, but his office pointed to Freeland as the minister responsible for Canada-U.S. relations.

Mr Trump is expected to leave the summit early and travel to Singapore ahead of a meeting there with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

On Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk said Trump's criticism of the worldwide rules-based order is "playing into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist".

He insisted, like Trump himself has done many times, that Canada has enormous tariffs itself - especially on certain dairy and food products.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director says Canada is crucial for national security.

At the G7 summit, Trump has said he wants to put an end to the United States' status as the world's "piggy bank" and suggested eliminating trade barriers between allies.

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

"President Trump played that process in good faith".

"How is it possible to work this way if once you have agreed to something, two hours later the guy decides he doesn't agree with what he agreed with?" said François Heisbourg, a former French presidential national security adviser.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said.

A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr. Trump.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged differences between the United States and the six other members of the G7 remained, but said a joint statement on trade was expected to be issued at the end of the summit.

G7 leaders had meant to use the summit to confront Trump on the tariffs, which they have described as protectionist and a threat to the global economy.

Those were fighting words for Trump, who accused Trudeau of "false statements" and of being "very dishonest & weak". President Trump had shown up late, suggested Russian Federation rejoin the alliance over his allies' objections, harangued leaders over supposedly unfair trade practices, and generally acted as a one-man diplomatic wrecking ball.