Trump withdraws G7 joint statement, accusing Trudeau of "dishonesty"


Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric" for a news conference the prime minister gave after Trump left the G7 summit on Saturday.

At his news conference, Trudeau said Canada would take retaliatory measures next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has said all countries attending the G7 summit have signed a joint communique, despite sharp trade tensions with the US.

"I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry", Trudeau said at a news conference at the meeting's end. "I'll be honest with you, they have no choice", Trump said. From there I go to Singapore and talks with North Korea on Denuclearization.

It was not immediately clear where the new round of aggression would leave the two leaders and their mercurial attempts to find trade peace.

Trump insisted that either version of the any future North American trade deal must have one key feature - a five-year sunset clause.

But she stressed there are many areas where Canada is working closely and effectively together.

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the United States market if they retaliate against his tariffs.

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"Let's say Canada, where we have tremendous tariffs".

In his news conference, Trudeau said the US imposing stiff tariffs on Canada for national security reasons is "kind of insulting".

Canada has said it will retaliate with more than $16 billion in tariffs on a range of goods.

In footage of the pair, Trump said of Macron: "Arm wrestling, he would be very, very tough".

A member of the French delegation did not mince words when they briefed reporters about the US President's diatribes on trade.

"The EU understands that the only way with Trump is strength", said one European official.

The president showed up late to a meeting with America's closest allies, clashed with everyone there and then left early.

Mr Trudeau said the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Japan have reached agreement on "consensus language".

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The agency reached a deal earlier this week to lift penalties on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE, which is now under USA sanctions and has been recognized as a national security threat by US officials. Copies that begin "We, the Leaders of the G7." were distributed in the press room stamped "Approved". Trump said he thinks the group will produce a joint statement. A senior administration official told the reporter that Trump had been angered by Trudeau's comments.

Trudeau refused, and the meeting was off. But the lead ministers from both countries talked trade on the sidelines of the G7 leaders' meeting on Friday.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the G-7 nations said in their joint communique issued at the conclusion of the two-day summit in Canada.

"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and a very bad thing for Mexico". "And I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreements and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers, and our middle classes". "I'm not looking to play that game".

Leaders from Canada and Britain rejected Trump's call to bring Russia back, saying Russian President Vladimir Putin would have to make major changes to be given a welcome.

President Donald Trump leaves after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.

Trudeau's office responded to the verbal attack in a statement saying that the PM did nothing to provoke an outburst from Trump.

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