Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

US, Canada, European countries caught up in growing G7 rift over tariffs

US, Canada, European countries caught up in growing G7 rift over tariffs

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will not be pushed around", Trudeau told reporters on Saturday.

Kudlow said the USA participated in G7 talks and bilateral talks on Nafta in good faith and that Trump had been "charming".

But before the group could sign off on a joint statement of agreement on trade talks, Trump's advisers reportedly insisted that the US would not agree to two key points in the statement related to the environment.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Mr Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

"He's happy", said Trump, to laughter.

"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.

He also said relationships with his G7 partners were a "10" before he left.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all the countries of the current G7", he said.

After the G-7 summit, Trudeau hosted a news conference where he said that the Canadian government "did not take" the USA tariffs against Canada lightly.

Mr Trump, who left the summit in La Malbaie early to head for his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, told reporters the United States needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing".

"Kim must not see American weakness", Kudlow said.

He added that Trudeau's statement risked making Trump look weak before his meeting with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Singapore.

Soon after Trump left the G7 summit he tweeted that he had instructed the House of Representatives not to endorse the final communique of the G7 summit due to Trudeau's "false statements at his news conference", as the Canadian prime minister dismissed U.S. metal tariffs as "insulting" and announced retaliatory measures.

Trudeau and the rest of the G-7 failed to seize on Trump's proposal.

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said the United States loses influence in the world after Trump pulled back support of the G7 summit statement, public broadcaster NRK reported Sunday. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

It also covered other issues including relations with Russian Federation.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro further escalated those attacks during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity, removes the incentive to innovate - and ultimately makes everyone poorer. And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did at that stunt press conference".

While Trump also presented the idea that the member countries should drop off tariffs and trade barriers, he also reportedly complained to the other leaders about their trade policies and said the USA would continue with tariffs absent concessions.

"So I think Prime Minister Trudeau hit the right note".

Trump's comments came after he accused Trudeau of tough talk to the press after he left the meetings, while being "mild and meek" with the president face to face.

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