Trump Won't Endorse G7 Statement, Slams Trudeau As 'Weak'

  • Trump Won't Endorse G7 Statement, Slams Trudeau As 'Weak'

Trump Won't Endorse G7 Statement, Slams Trudeau As 'Weak'

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forcefully responded to Donald Trump's trade threats at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, vowing Saturday that Canada won't be "pushed around" in a confrontation with the U.S.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said nothing in his G7 news conference that he has not said before to U.S. "Very dishonest & weak", the president said.

The official was reacting after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Saturday that he was backing out of the G7 communique drawn up at a summit in Canada.

According to BBC, Canada, the USA, the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism.

Shortly after Mr. Trudeau said that he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the U.S. was also included, Mr. Trump announced that Washington would reverse its decision and not sign the statement. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the USA president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

The pair have been at odds over whether a sunset clause would be included into any renegotiated trade agreement covering the US, Canada and Mexico, with Mr Trudeau insisting no sunset clause would be included and Mr Trump saying hours earlier that negotiators were "pretty close on the sunset provision". "That is not a trade deal", he said, according to a report by ABC News. "Canada can't believe they got away with it", Mr. Trump said. The other leaders spoke warm words of support for Mr Trump's effort to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons. "There was no reason that this should have happened". Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said. All three trading partners have threatened to retaliate with their own levies against US imports. He said he expressed to Trump "that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry".

While talking tough with USA allies such as Canada and the EU, Trump repeated his call for Russian Federation to be allowed back into the elite club, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the US and Japan. The country was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies".

During the summit, Trump reportedly showed up late to a breakfast discussion about gender equality and skipped sessions on climate change, clean energy and protecting the oceans.

Now the world waits to see the outcome of Mr Trump's abrasive leadership style in Singapore, where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Although, he said if he senses Kim is not serious, he won't prolong talks.

"I would say that the level of relationships is a 10 - we have a great relationship".

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement to AFP, and it was published publicly online before Trump tweeted. Roughly 28,000 American service members and civilian military personnel are now stationed in South Korea.

Trump's attack on Trudeau appears to be motivated by clashes over tariffs, with the president claiming Trudeau found US tariffs "insulting" and warning that "he will not be pushed around".

"The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies".