Trump torpedoes G7 united front

Trump Attacks Trudeau, Macron, Allies Ahead of G7 Summit: 'Won't Be Talking About the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax for a While'

Trump Attacks Trudeau, Macron, Allies Ahead of G7 Summit: 'Won't Be Talking About the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax for a While'

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," White House trade adviser Peter Navarro echoed Kudlow's comments and said Trudeau's post-conference comments were in bad faith.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland added that "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don't think that it's a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particulary from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies".

Now, his chief economic advisor Larry Kudlow has waded in, saying Mr Trudeau was trying to make Mr Trump look weak before his summit with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"I understand the president was upset", Mr. Feinstein told CNN.

Kudlow had been negotiating nicely with Trudeau at the summit in Quebec and the USA had agreed to join the joint communique, but Trump pulled out after he felt betrayed by Trudeau's news conference where the prime minister called Trump's tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel exports "insulting".

According to a report by CTV, she said that Canada is "very measured" and that the country's officials "use fact-based arguments" to drive home a point.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter had destroyed trust and Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together. Can't do it in person. "He's a pathetic little man-child".

"This year's G7 meeting is already going down as the G6 + 1, with six members on one side and President Trump on the other", Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Quebec, said. Trudeau told reporters that imposing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

He is not about to let his feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau die down, however.

Trudeau's office said he had not said anything in his closing G7 news conference he had not said to Trump before.

"Not to sign a statement of solidarity, which stands for everything that we stand for, is a big mistake", Feinstein said. On Saturday, he called the Canadian prime minister "very dishonest and weak".

Kudlow, in a separate TV appearance, said Trudeau was "polarizing" and "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Canadian officials, including Trudeau, have fanned out across the United States as part of a months-long charm offensive to appeal to pro-trade Republicans at every level.

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. "As Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", he said.

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

Navarro said that Trudeau's press conference following Trump's early departure from the G7 summit on Saturday was "one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history". "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!"

Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the US reversed course.

The demise of the fragile communique is seen as a major blow to the strength of the G7 alliance, which is made up of wealthy developed democracies that also includes Germany, Japan, France, the United Kingdom and Italy.

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