Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump 'destroys trust' with G7 tweets: Germany

Donald Trump 'destroys trust' with G7 tweets: Germany

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May preferred tact to confrontation, even after Trump allies allegedly told The Telegraph newspaper that the U.S. president had grown tired of May's "school mistress tone" and attention to details.

"There is a special place in hell for any for leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door and that's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference, that's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did", Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday".

At a rare solo news conference before heading to Asia, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One".

Trump insisted relationships with allies were a "10" just before he left the summit.

Trump said he had instructed U.S. representatives not to endorse the joint communique issued at the end of the summit.

Within minutes of the official release of the document, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter over what he described as the prime minister's "false statements" during the closing G7 news conference - and the president announced the USA would no longer endorse the communique.

It started on CNN's "State of the Union" when Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the White House was angered by Trudeau's comments during the news conference that Canada must stand up for itself and that recently imposed USA tariffs on steel and aluminum are "insulting".

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

Trudeau pledged to impose new tariffs on the imported U.S. goods to defend Canadian workers.

The G7 summit is an annual gathering of seven major industrialized nations-the US, Canada, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan-that represent more than half of global net worth.

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"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

A senior Liberal source told Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period, that American-imposed tariffs on autos would be close to an existential threat to Canada's economy.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office reacted on Sunday by saying that "international cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". Reneging on the commitments agreed in the communique showed "incoherence and inconsistency", it said in a statement.

In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about US trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Mr Trump tweeted.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said.

Trudeau called the fact that the U.S. had based the tariffs on a national security reason "kind of insulting".

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, accusing all of having shortchanged the United States in trade deals. "You know, it's like the gig is up".

The communique signed by the leaders agreed on the need for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

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