US backs out of G7 communique


The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In a statement issued following Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau said he remained focus on what was accomplished at the G7 summit.

Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating a position he carried through the 2016 US election campaign into the White House that the United States had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, with French President Emmanuel Macron pushing back on the assertion and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chiming in.

"Kim must not see American weakness", he told CNN.

Meanwhile, President Trump said Saturday that renegotiations on NAFTA could lead to a new trilateral trade deal with substantial changes or two separate trade agreements.

The G7 summit ended in farce on Saturday as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

Mr Trudeau's office, reeling from the abrupt Trump reversal hours after the two men had joked and smiled their way through a fractious G7 meeting, said only that Mr Trudeau had said nothing in his news conference that he hadn't said before. "He's a pathetic little man-child". Macron called the recent USA move to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on European Union allies "illegal and a mistake".

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

Trump himself told reporters on Saturday that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G7 allies a "10".

Macron, who fêted Trump in France past year with a lavish state visit in his honour, has been called a "Trump whisperer" - but he hasn't shied away from taking on Trump.

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Despite the tension, the president was greeted cordially by Trudeau as he arrived at the annual gathering, held this year at a picturesque Quebec resort. "That will not stand". "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around". The Canadian leader pulled a "sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption", Kudlow said, that amounted to "a betrayal". For several years, USA dairies rapidly boosted shipments to Canada of milk proteins, used to make cheese and yogurt, using a loophole in Canada's tariff system.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.

"Our national security relationship with Canada is vital and saves American lives. Sharing, reaching out, always, to promote the interests of the French people, and all those who believe in a world we can build together", Macron wrote.

"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.' Very dishonest and weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his 270% on dairy!"

Before leaving for Singapore, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

She said: "If there are to be any conversations about Russia's future in relation to this particular group, they have to change their ways, they have to change the route that they are taking and the sort of activity they are involved in".

Instead of attending the 2019 G7 summit, look for Trump to attend the 2019 G2 summit with Putin in Crimea.

He said he suggested cutting all of the tariffs, duties and even government subsidies among the G7 countries, and said other leaders would "go back to the drawing board and check it out".

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he said.