Trump Leaves G-7 Summit With A Call To End 'Unfair' Trade

Following a dramatic end to the G7 summit in Quebec this weekend, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "betrayed Trump" and "should have known better" than to slam Mr. Trump and USA tariffs just after leaders signed a joint communique embracing the spirit of the summit.

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision to rescind support for the statement was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on us companies.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro lit into Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday, saying there's a "special place in hell" for a world leader that double crosses U.S. President Donald Trump.

"Very dishonest & weak", the president said.

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applies to us", Trudeau said at a press conference closing the summit.

After Mr. Trump's departure from the G-7, Mr. Trudeau held a press conference Saturday stating that all of the member nations, including the USA, had signed a communique pledging to lower tariffs and other trade barriers.

France has warned that "fits of anger" can not not dictate global cooperation after US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected a previously agreed joint statement in the wake of a fractious Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada.

Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbor. "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this (G7) statement".

Trump reportedly missed Trudeau's opening remarks and walked in when Isabelle Hudon, Canada's ambassador to France and co-chair of the gender equality advisory council, was speaking.

"POTUS is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around, " Kudlow said.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow told U.S. media.

The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other members of the G7 group, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies. Tweeting en route to his next summit in Singapore, Trump said he had instructed USA officials "not to endorse the communique".

Two senior White House officials on Sunday blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his earlier statements during the just concluded Group of Seven (G7) summit.

Trump had bilateral meetings on Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", said Mr Maas.

Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore", Trump said.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said, as quoted by the Washington Post.

The leaders of Canada and the United States are locked in an ugly, escalating public dispute over trade barriers, tariffs and how they think they world should resolve its problems.

Any NAFTA deal will have a sunset provision of some kind, Trump said Saturday, though he indicated some people are pushing against a five-year time frame.