Trump pulls out of joint G7 statement, attacks Trudeau as 'dishonest & weak'

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But Kudlow said he doesn't know whether there will be a deal and that Trump had no alternative but to respond the way he did to Trudeau's "very unfortunate" statements.

"POTUS is not gonna let a Canadian prime minister push him around, " Kudlow said. That's what weak dishonest Justin Trudeau did. Trump earlier said that the club would be better off if it brought Russian Federation back.

"In the name of the Western allies, he ought to come out today and wish President Trump well in the negotiations, instead of taking potshots at us", Kudlow said.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said in the news conference.

Kudlow, speaking on Sunday morning, delivered a string of additional insults - claiming Trudeau had been "sophomoric" and "amateurish", that he had gone "rogue", that he had "betrayed" Trump and "really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Minutes after the publication on Saturday of the joint communique that was approved by all the leaders in the G7 bloc - US, France, Germany, Japan, Britain, Italy and Canada - Trump announced on Twitter that he was retracting his support.

Trump headed into the Group of Seven talks in Canada having picked fights with some of his biggest allies, who vowed to confront him about new United States tariffs on steel and aluminium.

He also said that Trump's public expression is a reiteration of his point of view, and that "we should not be surprised to see that".

Amidst the furor of new trade tensions with the U.S.'s G7 partners, President Donald Trump let slip the latest in a series of criticisms leveled at former President Barack Obama for allegedly allowing Russian Federation to invade Ukraine.

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

The photograph proved popular on social media, with many commenting on how symbolic the photo is, given Trump's relations with some of the leaders in the room following his new tariffs.

What supposedly upset Trump so much was a press conference Trudeau held after Trump's departure, in which he averred that Trump's tariffs on Canadian goods would be met with appropriate countermeasures from Canada.

"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be, and no subsidies", Trump said on Saturday during a 30-minute press conference in La Malbaie.

But despite the rows over trade and Russia, Mr Trump rated his relationship with other G7 leaders as 10 out of 10.

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

Merkel said she expects that all G7 nations will sign a final joint statement, although disagreements remain over the wording on trade, Iran and Russian Federation.

The EU then announced tariffs on United States goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon.

He insisted, like Trump himself has done many times, that Canada has enormous tariffs itself - especially on certain dairy and food products.

The communique signed by the leaders agreed on the need for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. The US isn't expected to join separate agreements for cleaner oceans or combating climate change, which the other six nations will sign, Merkel said.


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