G-7 summit with Trump a 'sobering' experience

Leroy Wright
June 11, 2018

Accusing Trudeau of making "false statements" and calling him "dishonest and weak", Trump also launched a Twitter tirade, just minutes after a joint communiqué approved by Group of Seven allies leaders was published.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland followed, with a bit of Latin in her response: she said "ad-hominem" attacks weren't useful.

In this photo made available by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with US President Donald Trump, seated at right, during the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

"Kim must not see American weakness", he told CNN.

Trump, during the G7 summit, antagonized world leaders-particularly Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs.

Officials at the meeting said German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded positively to the suggestion, saying 'we'll take it as a starting point'.

Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion.

Trump negotiated in good faith on the communique agreed by the other members of the G7, only to have Trudeau criticize USA policy after he left, Kudlow said. "He's a pathetic little man-child".

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Trump came out swinging in his news conference, repeating his view that America has always been cheated by its friends. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie , Quebec.

Trump revealed that the US team had worked "very well" with the representatives from Pyongyang during the bilateral preparatory talks for the summit.

He told reporters that imposing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

The acrimonious fallout from the G7 began after Mr Trump watched Mr Trudeau's end-of-summit press conference. He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique. That was a part of Trudeau's mistake. "That will not stand".

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement. "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in". From promoting democracy and to fighting terrorism, "we're on the same page". Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around". An idea that most g7 leaders strongly reject.

Hours after leaving the G7 summit on Saturday, Trump took to Twitter to assault the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" and instructed United States representatives to renege on the US' endorsement of the joint communique.

En route to his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after leaving the summit early, Mr. Trump used Twitter to declare Mr. Trudeau "dishonest and weak" after the Prime Minister reiterated Canada's already announced plans to retaliate for Mr. Trump's tariffs with levies on certain USA goods.

He insisted, like Trump himself has done many times, that Canada has enormous tariffs itself - especially on certain dairy and food products.

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

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