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

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

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

Navarro also said Trump attending the G7 in Canada was a "courtesy" to Trudeau and that the President had "bigger things on his plate" in Singapore.

US President Donald Trump on Monday continued his vitriolic attacks on several close allies in the wake of his early departure from an unusually discordant G7 meeting in Canada, which saw him withdraw US support for a joint communique.

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is in crisis after US President Donald Trump questioned the future of the 69-year-old military alliance, attacking European countries for failing to pay their fair share towards the continent's defence.

"All Mr. Trudeau was doing, in a rather gentle way, was articulating the position of his government, which would be the position of any Canadian government in these circumstances", he said, adding that the counter-tariffs make sense.

Mr Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

The objective of the list first published Sunday is to inform consumers where they can hurt Trump in the pocketbook.

"I'm in complete agreement with the prime minister's statement", said Jason Kenney, leader of the Conservative Party in oil-exporting Alberta Province and a Harper ally.

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"Well", Kudlow explained, "he holds a press conference, and he said the insulting".

Washington has said it put tariffs in place after having national security concerns about Canada, but Canada has rejected the suggestion.

"This was a hard summit with at times some candid discussions but the conclusion I draw is that it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve challenges we face".

Members of Trump's inner circle continued the attacks, with both chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow - who said that Trudeau had "stabbed us in the back" - and Peter Navarro, Trump's trade adviser, directing a series of stinging comments at the Canadian leader.

"That's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".

So there you have it. Justin Trudeau's eyebrows are just fine, thanks.

Hours later, Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "dishonest and weak", and refused to endorse the communique issued at the end of the G-7 gathering.

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The accusation of backstabbing does not comport with Trudeau's overall message, which was mild and echoed some of his previous statements.

President Donald Trump lashed out at United States allies Monday (Jun 11) in a Twitter rant focusing on trade following a contentious G7 summit of economic powers in Canada at the weekend. "The only people capable of persuading Trump to stop this are in the United States, but they have not hit anything like top gear", said one person close to the matter.

The reporter asked a pointed question about the bickering between Trump, Canada and European nations, suggesting Trump was alienating our allies and was eager to leave the summit to meet with Kim Jong Un. According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on US goods and services but is willing to do so. "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he". "Well, the in-factual, the non-factual part of this was they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

"Don't tell Twitter; tell Trump", said another.

"I've never seen language like this".

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

We have come together to lay out where we agree, to highlight the need to continue to work together to serve the citizens who elected us. We worked with the Western alliance, pleased to do so.

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