Trump leaves G7 meet in shambles, calls Trudeau 'dishonest liar'

Trump leaves G7 meet in shambles, calls Trudeau 'dishonest liar'

Just minutes after a joint G7 communique was published Saturday in summit host city Quebec, President Donald Trump launched a Twitter broadside, taking exception to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference and saying he had instructed U.S. representatives not to endorse the joint communique.

Trump, who was headed to Singapore for a summit with North Korean leaders, criticized Trudeau for making "false statements" at a news conference held after Trump had left Canada.

The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.90 cents USA, down from Friday's average value of 77.15 cents United States, after Trump continued his attacks on Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Trudeau announced on Saturday that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique; however, he noted that the USA tariffs are "insulting" and Canada "will not be pushed around".

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, accusing all of having shortchanged the United States in trade deals.

US President Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials.

Trump asked his economic advisor Larry Kudlow to comment on the discussions, who confirmed that the group of leaders had lenghty discussions about the proposal.

Trump made the remarks in Canada's Quebec City where he was attending the G7 summit that ended in farce after he abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the host.

The spat drew in Germany and France, which sharply criticised Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at the Canadian summit on Saturday, accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

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The standoff marked the first display of Italy's get-tough immigration policy under the right-wing, xenophobic League. "Salvini is violating the global law".

Trump was said to have lobbied hard to have Vladimir Putin's position within the "G8 summit" restored.

Noting the USA imposition of tariffs was officially stated as a national security consideration, Freeland said: "We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States". -Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures "is not something I relish doing" but that he wouldn't hesitate to do so because "I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests".

"Canada has already raised cases at the WTO and at NAFTA, and we will retaliate", she said.

"The European Union will continue to stand up for an global, rules-based, multilateral system", Schinas said. "As Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", he said.

The joint statement of the G7, which Trump has said he would not endorse, highlighted the importance of "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment".

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".

Despite Trump's withdrawal and decision to double down on restricting foreign goods entering the USA market, Merkel insisted that she would continue to hold talks and work together with the president.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade.

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