US, Canada, European countries caught up in growing G7 rift over tariffs


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had responded to Trump's recent threats and installing of tariffs in a press conference at the end of the summit.

Mr Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate over new U.S. tariffs, did not respond to questions about Mr Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel on Sunday for meetings with other world leaders. May pointed out the importance of maintaining a dialogue with the United States and President Trump.

"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, '" Trump tweeted. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

"[Mr Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr Kudlow, the director of the National Economic Council who had accompanied Mr Trump to the summit of wealthy nations on Saturday, said on CNN's State of the Union.

In urging Trudeau to apologize for his comments, he also said the prime minister's statements were a "diplomatic betrayal" as Trump headed to Singapore to his high-profile summit with North Korean leader with Kim Jong-un. And yet when you listen to Navarro it sounds like Canada has broken diplomatic relations with the US and declared war on the place.

Merkel, whose office over the weekend released a photo of leaders and aides which illustrates the divide between Trump and his allies, said she had "tried hard to find a compromise and we fought hard for it. this was an important announcement".

The EU then announced tariffs on U.S. goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. "Don't blame Trump. It was Trudeau who started blasting Trump after he left, after the deals had been made".

The joint communique was published online before Trump tweeted his disapproval after comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the new trade tariffs.

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The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticised Mr Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday (local time), accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently. He had other things, bigger things, on his plate in Singapore. "He was even willing to sign that socialist communique".

And, what did Trudeau say that was so over the top? Trudeau stuck our president in the back. "That will not stand", he noted.

Trump's stinging critique - while technically accurate - obscures the larger trade relationship between the two countries.

Trump upended the agreement reached by allies at the G-7 after leaving the conference, trashing Canada's prime minister in scathing tweets.

"As far as this retaliation goes, the American press needs to do a much better job of what the Canadians are getting ready to do because it's nothing short of an attack on our political system and it's nothing short of Canada trying to raise its high protectionist barriers even higher on things like maple syrup and other goods", he said.

Kudlow said the USA had spent the summit negotiating in "good faith" with Trudeau and the other assembled leaders, and that the US had planned to sign the communique until Trudeau's news conference, which Kudlow called a "sophomoric play".

Ottawa has planned dollar-for-dollar retaliation on the USA imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada.

But if Trump is ultimately supportive of free trade, why inflict tariffs on US allies under unserious national security pretenses?