Trump to leave G7 summit early amid feud with Trudeau, Macron
10 June, 2018, 10:16 | Author: Jason Torres
After the contentious salvos on social media and the Trudeau-Macron news conference, the White House announced Trump would depart the summit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on women's empowerment.
The US president, who arrived at the summit in Canada late and left early to fly to Singapore to prepare for his summit with Kim Jong-un, shocked fellow leaders with a bellicose press conference on Saturday in which he attacked the trade policies of other countries.
He is now raging on Twitter about a statement given by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following Trump's early exit.
"Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the USA president tweeted.
While Trump's relationship with some of the G7 members has reportedly been tense, one quickly came to his defense.
"If the expectation was that a weekend in handsome Charlevoix surrounded by lovely people was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite perhaps meet that bar", Trudeau said.
Trudeau's office responded to Trump's tweets in a statement Saturday evening, saying Trudeau had been upfront with the president about his criticisms.
"Very dishonest and weak" he claimed, adding in a separate tweet: "I have instructed our United States reps not to endorse the communique".
Trump cited progress on reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, saying the final outcome would lead either to an improved trade deal or separate pacts with the two US neighbors.
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On Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk said Trump's criticism of the global rules-based order is "playing into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the world's most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec's Charlevoix region.
Over the course of the summit, the President pushed the narrative that the U.S.is a victim of a trade imbalance, though European leaders rejected these claims.
The US president signaled that he was in no mood to compromise as he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Just hours after agreeing to the joint communique with his G7 allies, the US president tweeted from his plane that he had told his officials to abandon American support for the document in an eye-opening move that could threaten the future of the club. "As Canadians we are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".
Following Trudeau's comments regarding the communique, the Canadian leader said "strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically American tariffs" took placed at the G-7 meeting. "The U.S. pays tremendous tariffs on dairy, as an example, 270 per cent. we don't want to pay anything, why should we pay anything?"
As The Guardianreports, the Comminique is actually "a joint statement [among all attending leaders] vowing to fight back against protectionism and pledging to follow established trade rules, in spite of clear differences between the USA and their counterparts in the worldwide group". German Chancellor Angela Merkel said European Union countries at the summit agreed that the conditions to readmit Russian Federation had not been met and even Moscow seemed to reject the suggestion.
The document showed the group of rich, developed nations remained divided in the crucial area of protecting the planet from climate change - and it gave a clear statement that the United States remained the outlier.
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