Trudeau, G7 leaders try warm, welcoming touch with combative Trump

Trudeau, G7 leaders try warm, welcoming touch with combative Trump

Trudeau, G7 leaders try warm, welcoming touch with combative Trump

Hours after meeting at the G7 summit, U.S. President Donald Trump unleashed two angry tweets targeted at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a personal attack that's unprecedented in the neighbouring countries' longstanding relationship.

In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the US imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

Trump had entered the summit amid a spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum.

After meeting with global leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, President Trump said Saturday he has instructed USA officials not to endorse a joint statement with other world leaders documenting the meeting and agreements.

Trump said his statement was in response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comment following the summit that Canada "would not be pushed around".

So tight, in fact, that the handshake the French president shared with President Trump at the G7 meeting in Canada on Friday night left a white thumb print on Trump's hand.

Trump, who repeated that his tariffs are meant to protect USA industry and workers from unfair worldwide competition, said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

One scene at the very beginning of the gathering of presidents and prime ministers of the biggest industrialized nations set the mood for facing the brash Mr Trump.

"Nevertheless, I do not consider that with a declaration all is obtained and it is obvious that we will have in the coming weeks, the next months, to continue to work", Macron told reporters.

Trump's about-face sparked dismay and anger among Canadian and American free trade advocates alike.

"They are a defensive measure to ensure the domestic viability of two of the most important industries necessary for United States military and civilian production at times of crisis so that the United States can defend itself as well as its allies". "And before discussions could begin on any of this, we would have to ensure Russian Federation is amending its ways and taking a different route" - Trump's proposal receives short shrift from Britain's Theresa May who has accused Russian Federation of being behind the recent poisoning of a former spy.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing", he added. Bob Corker, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, vowed to press ahead with legislation that would require lawmakers to approve of trade actions by the President that are done on the grounds of national security, despite opposition from Trump.

"The rules-based worldwide order is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the US" - European Council president Donald Tusk vents his frustration at Trump.

UPDATE: Trudeau has responded to Trump's tweets.

Why isn't the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies.

The document showed the group of rich, developed nations remained divided in the crucial area of protecting the planet from climate change - and it gave a clear statement that the United States remained the outlier.

"The EU understands that the only way with Trump is strength", said one European official. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to USA security.

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free", Trump opined, calling it "the ultimate thing".

Trump cited progress on reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, saying the final outcome would lead either to an improved trade deal or separate pacts with the two US neighbors.

He said he would know within the first minute if Kim was serious about denuclearization and if he wasn't serious he would walk out of the meeting.

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