Trump Continues Tweet Tirade Against Canadian PM: 'Acts Hurt When Called Out'

Leroy Wright
June 11, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that President Trump's refusal to endorse a communique from the Group of Seven (G7) leaders was "sobering and a bit depressing".

Asked whether allies had any reason to worry about Trump's commitment to any deal he reaches with North Korea following his abrupt withdrawal from the G7 communique, one United States official appeared to brush aside the notion, saying other countries have got used to how the president operates internationally.

But one US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged: "The timing for all this is not very good at all".

Earlier in the day, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Donald Trump's decision to revoke his endorsement of the Group of Seven communique via a tweet has undercut trust of USA partners and made it even more vital for Europe to stand united. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

"It is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

"That's what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference". He said that Canada has to stand up for itself.

During his Saturday news conference, the prime minister was relatively measured but repeated his position that Canada "will not be pushed around" and would respond to U.S. tariffs with tariffs of its own. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to USA security. She also said the United States president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending.

In another, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can be seen standing behind the U.S. President, smiling, with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland at his side.

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump was "rattling the cages right now on trade", insisting there was no reason to believe there would be any negative fallout for the North Korea summit. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who met with Trudeau on Sunday, said it was time for G20 nations to play a role and to "also bring about some good sense to all the key players".

Germany and France both issued robust responses to Mr Trump's decision to order United States officials not to endorse the communique.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's decision.

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"He didn't attack [President Trump] in any way, other than restate Canada would retaliate for tariffs". "We must put the American worker first!"

"The national security pretext is absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians, the closest and strongest ally the United States has had", she said. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements.

In his news conference, Mr Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

James Brander, an worldwide trade expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said Freeland's comments were meaningful.

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