‘Depressing’: Merkel slams Trump’s ‘withdrawal in tweet’ following G7 summit fallout

‘Depressing’: Merkel slams Trump’s ‘withdrawal in tweet’ following G7 summit fallout

Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.

President Trump's chief economic adviser called comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "polarizing" and said the Canadian leader "stabbed us in the back".

Despite the tensions at the gathering in Canada, Mr Trump rated his relationship with their leaders as a "10" - naming Germany's Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau, but not the UK's Prime Minister. Yet after leaving the summit for his Tuesday meeting with the leader of North Korea, Trump tweeted that he would instruct United States officials not to endorse the G7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Trudeau.

"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". Canada does indeed impose a 270% tariff on dairy that has kept many US dairy products from making their way from the U.S.to Canada.

In the two tweets that ended US support for the joint G-7 statement, Trump accused Trudeau of having made "false statements" during a prior press conference. Trump said that he withdrew the USA from the G-7's joint statement because of that slight.

Kudlow, who was in Canada with President Trump for the G-7 meeting, told CNN on Sunday that the USA had come to an agreement with the other highly-industrialized nations in the group on a joint communique until Trudeau's "sophomoric play". In an in-depth interview with German broadcaster ARD, she said that the European Union would follow in the footsteps of Canada and come up with counter-measures to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.

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What did Trudeau and Trump say?

Although an event entirely comprising of US allies, Trump had angered the majority of the leaders before he had even arrived, imposing trade tariffs on European and Canadian exports.

President Trump has refused to budge on his tariffs against Canada and European countries.

Hitoshi Suzuki, an associate professor of European global relations at the University of Niigata Prefecture, said the leaders' statement matters because issuing one is the "raison d'etre" of the G7. "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Fox News Sunday.

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six-country agreement if need be", Macron said, adding that United States workers would be the first to suffer from a trade war between Europe and the US. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this", Kudlow said, using an acronym for president of the United States. "I look forward to meeting him and have a feeling that this one-time opportunity will not be wasted!" he said of his meeting with the reclusive North Korean dictator who has never travelled beyond China.

With the summit ending in a war of words, Abe's attempt to defuse the conflict over USA trade policy during the meeting apparently had little effect on Trump after all.

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