Friday, 19 October, 2018

In bombshell, Trump says USA backs out of G7 communique, criticises Trudeau

White House adviser says Canada's Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back' Trump pulls out of joint G-7 statement, attacks Trudeau
Deanna Wagner | 10 June, 2018, 19:31

"Let's be serious", the French official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

Mr Maas said: "It's actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal".

He said: "International co-operation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

So how did the latest spat unfold?

Saturday's final communique aimed at easing those tensions by advocating a "rules-based trading system".

In a news conference after the summit, the Canadian leader reasserted his opposition to the USA tariffs, and vowed to press ahead with retaliatory moves on 1 July.

Trudeau said he had reiterated to Trump that tariffs would harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

In an extraordinary interview with CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Larry Kudlow, who was present for negotiations at the G7 summit in Quebec over the weekend, said Trudeau had instigated "a betrayal" and was "essentially double-crossing President Trump".

Donald Trump rails against 'unfair' trade at G7 leaders summit
At issue now is whether the seven nations can conclude their meeting with a joint statement of priorities. He also said the US was so disadvantaged it had nothing to lose in a trade war.

He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau's "false statements. and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies".

Trudeau's office responded to Trump's tweets with a written statement, saying the prime minister's comments in public and in private with Trump were "nothing he hasn't said before" and that he was "focused on everything we accomplished here at the G-7 summit".

The remarks apparently upset Trump, who had left the conference early to travel to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

What is in the joint communique?

The early exit also means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the USA stance on trade and Mr Trump's abrupt suggestion on Friday that Russian Federation be re-admitted to the elite grouping.

The communique said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

In an even more remarkable appearance on "Fox News Sunday", trade adviser Peter Navarro said, "There's a special place in hell for any foreign 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". But after a hard day of unethical spending and making our air and water less safe, it's understandable he would want a good night's rest on an already broken-in Trump Hotel mattress, that may be stuffed with cash from Russians visiting to meet with Don Jr., Jared Kushner or Paul Manafort. Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation.

What is the G7?

Instead, Canada will likely issue a chair's summary of the meeting listing the major topics of discussion.

Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then called the G8 - in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. And he was also asked for his thoughts on what Trump's move could mean for the future of the G-7.