US Representatives Told by Trump to Not Endorse G7 'False Statements' Communique

Roman Schwartz
June 11, 2018

Shortly after Trudeau said that he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the United States had signed on, Trump announced the U.S. would reverse its decision and not sign on to the statement after all.

U.S. President Donald Trump threw the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after taking aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, adding he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

The President of the European Council on Friday rejected a call by the US President and Italy's new Prime Minister to allow Russian Federation back into the G-8, a club of industrialized nations that became the Group of Seven (G7) when Moscow was suspended in 2014.

"I'm happy to announce that we've released a joint communique by all seven countries", Trudeau said.

Trump left the summit early Saturday, before it officially ended, to head to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12.

The G7 summit came amid rising tensions between the United States and other member nations - Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan - over Trump's recent steel and aluminum tariffs.

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

Prior to the summit, Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, had openly expressed concern that the "rules-based global order is being challenged" by the United States, long seen as its architect and protector.

Trump - who left the summit earlier than scheduled - demanded on Saturday that G-7 countries reduce their trade barriers and has adamantly defended the tariffs on aluminum and steel he placed on US allies.

Trump has also feuded on Twitter this week with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are both attending this year's summit.

"I did suggest it and people were - I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out", Trump said.

G-7 summit with Trump a 'sobering' experience
Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs. Trudeau " dishonest and weak " after the Prime Minister reiterated Canada's already announced plans to retaliate for Mr.

Still, Trudeau also gave an account of his discussions with the USA president.

"I think the way this plays out is we end up with our trading partners responding in kind - a threat for a threat, a tariff for tariff", said Rod Hunter, a lawyer at Baker McKenzie and a former economic official on the National Security Council.

Mr Trump recently slapped tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union, angering his counterparts before he arrived at the summit.

Kudlow was speaking following the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday.

Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, he said.

He said retaliatory measures against the U.S. would come into place on July 1, even though it was "not something we want to do".

Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters earlier on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision.

"Regarding the trade tariffs, there are very conflictual positions out there", Conte told reporters ahead of the summit.

'We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, ' he said at a press conference as his G7 counterparts continued their two-day meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec, and officials hammered out a joint communique.

The president also referred to Trudeau's "false statements", which he didn't explain.

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