France, Germany slam Trump's G7 statement U-turn

France, Germany slam Trump's G7 statement U-turn

Having left the Group of Seven summit in Canada early, Trump's announcement that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on the trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

Calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada "very dishonest and weak", Trump said the US was withdrawing its endorsement of the G-7's communique, in part over what he called Trudeau's "false statements" about USA tariffs at a news conference.

The Canadian prime minister's office responded to Trump's tweets accusing Trudeau of "false statements" on Saturday, saying that the Prime Minister said nothing during the G7 summit that he had not said previously.

Trump criticized the Canadian prime minister for acting "meek and mild" during their G-7 meetings, accusing him of changing his tone after Trump departed for a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"In fact, I congratulate leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals so good for their countries", Trump said.

President Donald Trump and Group of Seven leaders during a meeting on the second day of a two-day summit in Canada.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words".

USA intelligence agencies have said they have "high confidence" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 election, and part of this year's G7 summit was supposed to focus on protecting democracies from foreign meddling.

The president's sharp comments came as he is now en route to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, set to be held on Tuesday.

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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.

Trump appeared to have taken notice and pushed back: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said in a tweet.

"I think the pushback by Congress is going to come up incredibly short", Chris Barron, a pro-Trump Republican strategist, said of Republican efforts to rein in Trump.

Still, Trudeau also gave an account of his discussions with the US president. "But it did not start with this G7, but with the election of Donald Trump", said a European official.

Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Trump also said NAFTA negotiators were "pretty close" to agree on some kind of sunset provision, which could allow the trade agreement to be renegotiated every five years.

"The action which Canada has objected to, and will continue to object to very strongly, was the illegal and unjustified imposition of tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum".

"Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't".

In a statement, The Associated Press reported, a spokesman for Trudeau did not address Trump's tweeted insults.

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