Saturday, 23 June, 2018

G7 summit fails to heal trade rift as Trump stands alone

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a working session at the G-7 summit in Quebec Canada Twitter despairs as Trump blames Canada for White House burning during War of 1812
Kenny Thornton | 14 June, 2018, 05:33

In an interview Sunday on German public television, Merkel also says European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade.

"Canada has been restrained throughout in dealing with a temperamental president and I think all the way through we've avoided rising to provocation and tried to deal with the facts", said McKenna. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meet finished on Saturday with the United States president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore.

Later on June 9, after he left the G7 summit, Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets, likely while he was aboard Air Force One on his way to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - "Just left the @G7 Summit in attractive Canada".

She also said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures.

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbor.

On Tuesday, Trump kept up the attack on Trudeau.

The U.S. president withdrew from it later, complaining he'd been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats during a summit-ending news conference. They accused Trudeau of betraying Trump and stabbing him in the back.

French minister slams 'illegal' oil refinery blockades
It urged clients not to rush to petrol stations to fill their tanks, which could spark panic buying and shortages. Environmentalists have blamed palm oil cultivation for deforestation in southeast Asia.

For his comments, Trump fired back on Twitter, stating, "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". Trump said it was snapped as they waited for changes he'd requested to the communique, which he ended up pulling out of.

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference. Kim must not see American weakness". "He's a pathetic little man-child".

At issue are USA tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Sunday in response to questions about Kudlow and Navarro's comments that she is thankful she is "not responsible for explaining the reasoning behind any comments made by the officials of any foreign government".

"I'm very proud of how, not only of our government but also opposition parties and premiers, business communities and civil society have all piled in on the same side in trying to negotiate a very hard situation".

In response, Macron said in a statement France would stand by the G-7 joint communiqué - which includes a pledge by the seven leading industrialized democracies to "continue to fight protectionism" - despite Trump's refusal.

The motion in parliament, introduced by the opposition New Democrats, rejected "disparaging ad hominem statements by USA officials which do a disservice to bilateral relations". "You want a tariff-free [arrangement]".

Lucey reported from Singapore and Gillies from Quebec City.

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