Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

G7 Nations Respond To Trump's Rejection Of Joint Statement: 'Let's Be Serious'


White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday intensified the administration's feud with Justin Trudeau, calling the Canadian prime minister's criticisms of President Donald Trump's tariff proposals "a betrayal" that "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Trump said that Trudeau was "meek and mild" during the G7 meeting.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had told reporters that "Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around" over Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

In Washington, the top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying Trump with "polarising" statements on United States trade policy that risked undermining the American leader on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

Moments after Trudeau's government released a joint statement that was said to have been agreed upon by all seven nations (The U.S., France, Britain, Canada, Japan, Italy and Germany), Trump went on Twitter to reveal his real thoughts.

Trump, who is on his way to Singapore for a summit with North Korea's leader, also reiterated warnings that his administration was mulling tariffs "on automobiles flooding the United States market" in a move that would be primarily aimed at another G7 member, Germany.

Explaining the USA president's actions, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said that Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back". "We make commitments and keep them", the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this (G7) statement".

Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America's G7 allies. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President". Trump as a result did not sign onto the joint statement concluding the meeting.

"He really kinda stabbed us in the back", top U.S. economic adviser Larry Kudlow said of Mr Trudeau on CNN's State Of The Union.

On June 1, Trump sends the first of several Twitter salvos against what he says are Canada's unfair trade policies - "Canada has treated our Agricultural business and Farmers very poorly for a very long period of time".

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The accusation came "right from Air Force One", said Navarro, as Trump was flying to Singapore for a historic summit with the dictator of North Korea.

Summit host and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau hailed a joint statement highlighting the importance of "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment" and said the G7 would "continue to fight protectionism".

Europe will implement counter-measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, voicing regret about Trump's decision to withdraw support for the communique.

In her own tweet, Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Trudeau is handling what she calls Trump's outbursts and bullying as well as anyone, and that all Canadian leaders need to support the prime minister.

Kudlow also accused Trudeau of trying to undermine the USA president at a critical time before his summit with the reclusive Kim on Tuesday.

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But in a tweet after flying out of Canada, the U.S. president showed he was in no mood to back down in any trade dispute.

He said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

European officials said Mr Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade. We're going to stand united.

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

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