Trump leaves summit, slams Trudeau and backs out of joint communique
Jun 10 2018 by Desiree Burns
"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak - Trump announces on Twitter that he is pulling the US endorsement of the summit's final statement".
Trump said Saturday evening that he had instructed U.S. officials to withdraw support for a joint statement with other member nations he had backed just hours earlier, saying the United States would not join after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly criticized Trump's trade policy.
In his press conference, Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel strongly pushed back on these attacks, per reports.
In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about USA trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.
"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said Thursday on Twitter.
The statement comes just a few weeks after Trump chose to impose large tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico and a few months after Trump hit the rest of the world with the same tariffs.
"We are not going to live with the deals the way they are", he said. And while his critics say Trump is suspiciously soft on Putin, the president told reporters Friday: "I have been Russia's worst nightmare".
He later said that Russia's return to the group would be "an asset" and that it would be a good move for peace in the world.
Trump, who repeated that his tariffs are meant to protect USA industry and workers from unfair global competition, told reporters he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.
G7 leaders had meant to use the summit to confront Trump on the tariffs, which they have described as protectionist and a threat to the global economy. "After many decades, fair and reciprocal Trade will happen!"
Soon, Italy's new Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, was tweeting his support for bringing Russian Federation back into the G7.
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.
The picture, snapped Saturday by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, shows a standing Merkel with her hands firmly planted on a table staring down at Trump, who is seated with his arms folded and eyes glaring.
The G-7 - an informal annual summit of democracies with highly developed economies - took place Friday and Saturday in the Quebec resort town of Charlevoix in Canada, which holds the rotating leadership this year.
Trump backed out of the summit before its conclusion, missing G7 negotiations on climate and health.
But in an apparent nod to Trump, it also pledged to push for swift reforms to the World Trade Organization which the USA president has said has been a "disaster" for his country. "What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues", Trudeau said.