G7 Summit far from harmonious

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On Sunday, Larry Kudlow, Trump's top economic adviser, said Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had "stabbed us in the back" while Trump aide Peter Navarro said "there's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy" with the president.

Shortly after President Trump blasted Canada on Saturday and said the US would not endorse a joint statement with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, the almost 4,000 word communique was released.

During the news conference in question, Trudeau pushed back against the recently announced tariffs on Canadian imports, saying Canada would retaliate with its own tariffs beginning July 1. The Trump administration imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the us and its allies in the run-up to the summit.

The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the U.S., the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy.

"Canada does not believe that ad hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries", said Canadian foreign affairs minister Chrystia Freeland, according to the Toronto Star. "Very dishonest & weak", he said of Trudeau.

Trudeau's office responded to Trump's tweets in a statement Saturday evening, saying Trudeau had been upfront with the president about his criticisms.

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

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Kim Jong-un "must not see American weakness", Kudlow said, shaking his jowls in a very Nixonian fashion.

In a news conference after the summit, the Canadian leader had reasserted his opposition to the USA tariffs, and vowed to press ahead with retaliatory moves on 1 July.

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.

"Not to sign a statement of solidarity, which stands for everything that we stand for, is a big mistake", Feinstein said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) asked on Twitter whether the US was "executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy or AMERICA's diplomatic and national security strategy?" So, I ask you: He gets up in the airplane and leaves, and then Trudeau starts blasting him at a domestic news conference?

A later statement, released by a member of Mr Trudeau's communications team on Twitter, said there was nothing new in the Prime Minister's press conference.

Trump, who argues his tariffs are meant to protect United States industry and workers from unfair global competition, told reporters he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement: "We are focused on everything we accomplished at the G7 summit".

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