Trump Rejects G-7 Statement, Claiming Trudeau Is 'Very Dishonest and Weak'

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) meets with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

"Very dishonest and weak".

"If the expectation was that a weekend in handsome Charlevoix....was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite reach that bar", Trudeau said.

On Saturday, Trump arrived late for the first working session on gender equality but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forged ahead with opening remarks without him, commenting wryly about "stragglers".

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

The U.S. had a $17.5 billion goods trade deficit with Canada - its second-largest goods trading partner - in 2017, though it did have a goods and services trade surplus of $8.4 billion past year with its fellow North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member, according to data from the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Trump's refusal to back the G-7 declaration in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

Macron said that the USA, which had pulled out of the Paris Accord and the Iran nuclear deal, and which has now imposed steep steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe, Canada, and Mexico, needs to be persuaded to remain in the "community of nations".

"In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", Freeland said.

Trump leaves summit, slams Trudeau and backs out of joint communique
They also stepped up Trump's assault on Trudeau himself - unprecedented in the neighbouring countries' longstanding relationship. French President Emmanuel Macron , who met Trump as well, tweeted: "Pursuing the conversation.


"State of the Union" host Jake Tapper asked Kudlow what right Trump and other US officials had to be offended by Trudeau's comments, given the dispute.

"Tariffs are going to come way down because we people can not continue to do that".

Leaders from Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the European Union and Japan attended a tense meeting this past Friday and Saturday at the G7 summit.

European officials said Mr Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

France, Europe stand by G7 statement after Trump U-turn: French official
Trump had told Trudeau any retaliation would be a mistake and the prime minister agreed that it was "not something we want to do". Russian Federation was suspended in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.


Trump fired back after Trudeau's press conference, blasting the Canadian leader on Twitter as "very dishonest and weak".

"He made an error", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union."He should take it back".

Trump had roiled the G-7 summit with his insults and threats toward Canada and Europe and with his call for Russian Federation to be invited back into the group.

"And so began a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly, that the trading system was totally unfavorable to the United States, the American economy, American workers, the middle class", the official said. "And we don't want there to be one", the French leader said during a joint press conference Trudeau in Ottawa.

Trump decides to leave G7 meeting in Quebec early after trade dispute
Trump fired back, saying the USA had been duped for for years by barriers and that any country that imposed its own measures would regret it.


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