Canada row escalates, Europeans criticize Trump's G7 move - International

Casey Dawson
June 11, 2018

The US president then had angry words for Trudeau, saying the Canadian prime minister had "acted so meek and mild" in their joint discussions only to later pledge in a press conference that he would not be pushed around.

Earlier in the day, reports The New York Times, Trudeau said the seven nations had come to an agreement on several foreign policy and economic goals, but he noted that some disagreements with Trump, primarily those on trade, remained.

The move enraged Trump, who branded his Canadian counterpart "dishonest and weak" in a furious tweet, announcing the United States would pull out of an agreed communique.

Emmanuel Macron has warned Donald Trump about "fits of anger" after the U.S. president refused to endorse a joint communique of G7 leaders.

The president is flying to Singapore to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

American President Donald Trump has said the WTO has been a "disaster" and "very unfair" towards the United States.

Trump had already roiled G-7 members ahead of the summit and raised fears of a trade war when he placed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro followed with his insult for the ages during an interview with Fox News on Sunday.

"Here's the thing. "He really kind of stabbed us in the back".

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"In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", she said.

Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, defend its interests and strengthen alliances with countries such as Japan and Canada, Mr Maas said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel found the contentious Group of Seven summit with U.S. President Donald Trump a "sobering" and "depressing" experience but said European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

Merkel said she first found out about Trump's decision on the flight back from Canada.

Mr Trudeau didn't respond to questions about Mr Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel today for meetings with other world leaders, though Ms Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

And he said he had told Trump that "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us". "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270 percent on dairy!" the U.S. president tweeted.

Mr Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

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