Monday, 18 June, 2018

G7 Summit far from harmonious

US signs G-7 declaration calling for reduction of tariffs after tense summit with allies Body language: Photo of Merkel, Trump captures G-7 tensions | Bradenton Herald
Ginger Lawrence | 11 June, 2018, 09:07

Kudlow accused Canada Sunday of making polarizing comments about the United States' trade policy, and said that Trump had to pull out of the joint scommunique because the Canadian prime minister has "stabbed us in the back".

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland: "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

The German chancellor also said she is not ready to "give up on G7" but would seek dialogue with Russian Federation and try to "work very closely" with Japan, Canada, India and China. That was Justin Trudeau's late father, who served several terms as Canada's prime minister, starting in the late 1960s. Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%.

A French official insisted France and its fellow G7 European nations were maintaining their support for the communique and said anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

The Illinois Democrat acknowledged that Trudeau's tough talk with Trump may play well domestically, but said it would have longer-term negative implications. Trump said it was time for the U.S.to stop being the "piggy bank that everybody is robbing".

Moving onto tariffs, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Trump's plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on key USA trading partners.

US President Donald Trump issued a volley of tweets on Monday venting anger on some of Washington's closest North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies over the United State's trade deficit, following a divisive G7 meeting in Canada.

Asked what Trudeau did that amounted to betrayal, Kudlow criticized the Canadian leader for holding a press conference in which he called US tariffs "insulting". On Saturday, he called the Canadian prime minister "very dishonest and weak".

Trump Rejects G-7 Statement, Claiming Trudeau Is 'Very Dishonest and Weak'
French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks". Throughout the summit, photographers captured photos of the tension between Trump and other world leaders.

Navarro, the Trump trade adviser, said his harsh assessment of what "bad faith" Trudeau did with "that stunt press conference" on Saturday "comes right from Air Force One".

Meanwhile, Navarro, in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, said that Trudeau's comments are "one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history". He told CNN's Jake Tapper that "of course" Trump's tweets about Trudeau actually had to do with North Korea "in large part".

Trump twice raised the possibility in the past few days of Russian Federation being brought back into the Group of Eight bloc, which shrunk to the Group of Seven - the USA, U.K., Canada, Germany, France, Italy and Japan - after it was expelled following the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

"Let's be serious and worthy of our people". Trudeau says Canada will respond to those tariffs by imposing its own, which will go into effect July 1. "The politics for the Prime Minister just got a lot more complicated". From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page".

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

Looking for news you can trust? Before leaving for Singapore, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

The Trump administration confirmed on May 31 it would apply additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and European Union countries, ending a two-month exemption period.