Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends


"Our tariffs are in response to his 270 percent on dairy". The president responded on Twitter, while en route to Singapore calling Trudeau, "Very dishonest and weak".

Trudeau, whose country hosted a weekend gathering of the Group of Seven major industrial nations, on Saturday termed Trump's decision to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union "kind of insulting".

According to BBC, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism.

Responding to Kudlow's remarks on Sunday-which came just as Trump touched down in Singapore after ducking out of the G7 summit early-Huffington Post reporter Matt Fuller wrote: "It's unbelievable that Larry Kudlow thinks he's helping the U.S".

In interviews on CNN on Fox News, Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, and one of his top aides on trade, Peter Navarro, slammed Trudeau with a series of disparaging adjectives, from "amateurish" to "dishonest", and accused him of a backstabbing "betrayal" of the president.

Asked about Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, according to reporter Daniel Dale, "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

France is also standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said.

Canada opposed U.S. President Donald Trump's suggestion to reinstate Russian Federation in the Group of Seven (G7), four years after it was expelled from the group for the Crimea issue.

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

Despite the photo's lionization of Ms. Merkel, it was Mr. Trudeau who would soon feel Mr. Trump's erratic wrath. He said USA representatives will examine the tariffs on automobiles coming into the country and bemoaned the Canadian tariffs that affect American companies and farmers.

"He says that we are the problem with tariffs".

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said in a press conference Saturday, prior to his decision to withdraw from the communique.

On Sunday, key aides to Mr. Trump piled on in US television interviews, accusing Mr. Trudeau of a "betrayal" and warning there was a "special place in hell" for him. "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

"And so began a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly, that the trading system was totally unfavorable to the United States, the American economy, American workers, the middle class", the official said.

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