"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview nationally broadcast in the U.S.
Shortly after President Trump blasted Canada on Saturday and said the US would not endorse a joint statement with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, the almost 4,000 word communique was released.
The Group of Seven leaders came to their summit in Canada braced for battle, and while everyone had smiles ready for the cameras, behind the scenes U.S. President Donald Trump delivered a "rant" and recriminations on trade to U.S. allies, leaving the once united club deeply divided. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did, and that comes right from Air Force One". Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
After Trudeau said he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the USA had signed on, Trump announced that the U.S. would reverse its decision and not sign on to the statement after all.
Trump's protectionist policies that have imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union are likely to become a flashpoint during the meeting with the leaders of Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy and the U.S.in La Malbaie, Quebec, Friday and Saturday.
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"We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", a spokesman for Trudeau tweeted.
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During the talks in Quebec, Trump surprised G-7 leaders by proposing an end to all tariffs and trade barriers. Free trade is "the way it should be", he said.
He closed his summit with the treat threats before departing the summit early - skipping a discussion of global climate change - to fly to Singapore for a nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska, a Nebraska Republican, said in a statement: "If the president is actually serious about leading the expansion of a G-7 no-tariff, free-trade agreement, that's tremendous, tremendous news - for the US and for the free nations of the world".
"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump told reporters, reiterating his long-standing view that Washington has been exploited for too long by existing trade arrangements. "Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors requested that the United States Secretary of the Treasury communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment".
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who met with Trudeau on Sunday, said it was time for G20 nations to play a role and to "also bring about some good sense to all the key players".
"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the eve of this trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he", Kudlow said on CNN.