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Won't Endorse G7 Communique After 'Weak' Trudeau Comments

Won't Endorse G7 Communique After 'Weak' Trudeau Comments

Minutes after the publication of a joint communique that was approved by Trump and other Group of Seven leaders at a summit in the city of Quebec, the USA leader announced on Twitter that he was retracting his support.

The US leader took to Twitter shortly after the summit in Canada ended on Saturday, accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of dishonesty and withdrawing Washington's endorsement of the statement which vowed to fight protectionism.

In her own tweet, Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Trudeau is handling what she calls Trump's outbursts and bullying as well as anyone, and that all Canadian leaders need to support the prime minister.

Trump was on board Air Force One when he issued a series of tweets on Saturday, attacking Trudeau who he called "very dishonest" and "weak" and apparently pulling out of the joint statement.

American tariffs are in response to Canada's tariffs of "270% on diary" delivered by the United States, he said.

At a news conference held in Charlevoix, Canada, Trudeau announced that all seven countries in the summit had agreed on "a joint communique".

The G7 is made up of Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words".

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




On 31 May, the Trump administration confirmed that it would be going ahead with imposing additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, with trump tweeting about rectifying "unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries" hours before the summit.

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.

"Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't", he tweeted. "But it did not start with this G7, but with the election of Donald Trump", said a European official.

"On NAFTA we either leave it the way it is as a three-some deal with Canada, the United States and Mexico and change it very substantially - we're talking about very big changes". "We're like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing, and that ends".

"And that ends", he said, according to a report by New York Times. (The U.S. managed a $3 billion surplus with Canada.) Trump has condemned Canada's tariffs on imported dairy products and the EU's tariffs on auto imports.

Trump also said NAFTA negotiators were "pretty close" to agree on some kind of sunset provision, which could allow the trade agreement to be renegotiated every five years.

A German government spokesman also said that Berlin stands by the jointly agreed G7 communique in which leaders underlined the crucial role of a rules-based worldwide trading system and promised to fight protectionism.

Trudeau also took a jab at President Trump, who arrived late for a gender equality meeting.


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