Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Britain Hopes US Will Honour Commitments On Trade

Britain Hopes US Will Honour Commitments On Trade

British Prime Minister Theresa May offered some support for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the fallout from the Group of Seven leaders meeting in Quebec, but she stopped short of condemning critical comments made by U.S. President Donald Trump's trade adviser.

Members were throwing their weight behind the prime minister, who was taking a personal day on Monday, after a particularly prickly weekend with the US administration.

May warned of the risks of a tit-for-tat escalation of the trade dispute and said Britain continued to support the G7 communique, which mentioned the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

"I have never seen anything like it", the expert told CNN's John Berman and Jim Scuitto as the three men spoke live from Singapore.

In response to initial tweets critical of her country and prime minister, Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her nation "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks". "Nor has anybody else".

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.

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Mr Trump attacked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation as "obsolete and disproportionately too expensive" during the presidential campaign and returned to the theme after the G7 summit in Canada. Those tariffs will come into place July 1 if the US doesn't remove their tariffs before that date. Yet at the weekend's G-7 meeting, President Donald Trump surprised many of his critics by demanding an end to all tariffs and subsidies in the G-7 trade zone.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview nationally broadcast in the United States.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a news conference in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31, 2018.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

So what exactly did Trudeau say?

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Kudlow said Kim must not see "American weakness" on the eve of the Tuesday summit.

Last week, Canada hit back at the Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

G7 allies seemed as perplexed as Canada at the sudden diplomatic row, and Germany and France accused Mr Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

Trump said in a second tweet.

"That's unconscionable", Heyman said."Anybody who represents the United States of America from the White House using that kind of language with any world leader of any type, I think is uncalled for. That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable".

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