President Trump on Saturday slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying he was "very dishonest and weak", and claimed the world leader made "false statements" following the G-7 economic summit. Shortly afterward, the White House issued a separate photo showing a sitting Trump speaking as Merkel, Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen.
Trudeau said Saturday during a news conference that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
He left before any resolution was announced on the traditional joint statement from the seven industrialized nations in the group, which in addition to the US and Canada includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.
While talking tough with USA allies such as Canada and the EU, Trump repeated his call for Russian Federation to be allowed back into the elite club, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the US and Japan. The President said Canada and Mexico were also close to a deal on a sunset clause on NAFTA, but a senior Canadian official said Ottawa is not interested in such a clause that would trigger reopening the trade pact in five years.
Trade experts who have watched Trump negotiate with tough words on Twitter before said the bark of Trump's tweets often exceeds the bite of his policy - but that this time, Canada might struggle to respond. "I did suggest it and people were - I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out".
"We can not look away", said Maas.
Throughout the escalation in rhetoric, Trudeau slammed Trump's tariffs in several media appearances, calling the decision "totally unacceptable" and "insulting".
"He says that we are the problem with tariffs".
The Trump administration imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the us and its allies in the run-up to the summit.More news: Origin Access Premier PC Games Subscription Service Announced
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Earlier in the day, Trump said he had raised the issue of lifting trade barriers, tariffs and subsides to facilitate global trade at the G7 summit.
"We have a very good relationship with President Trump, we work with President Trump, the United Kingdom has a very good relationship with the U.S.", she said.
"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible".
Donald Trump accused the summit's chairman Justin Trudeau of dishonesty.
He branded the EU as "brutal" in business and warned countries it would be a "mistake" to retaliate against his 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and members of the European Union.
But I feel really confident", Trump said of Monday's meeting, which is the first between a North Korean leader and sitting US president, "It's never been done, It's never been tested.
Trump threatened at the meeting that the USA would end all trade with nations that refuse to end "unfair" trade practices.
"I think there are various discussions about alternatives that would not be that, and that would not be entirely destabilizing for a trade deal, and I think we are open to creativity", he said.