Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement, slams 'weak' Trudeau

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Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique.

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Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, told CNN that Trudeau's press conference addressing Trump's actions was "a betrayal". Addressing reporters in Singapore ahead of Trump's summit Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo said he was "unconcerned" that Trump's treatment of Canada - a close ally - boded poorly for his ability to forge peace with a longtime USA adversary. "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he".

Trump - who has a history of hair-trigger responses to slights - landed in Singapore on Sunday for the Tuesday summit meeting with Kim.

The joint statement between the leaders of the U.S., France, Germany, the U.K., Japan, Italy, and Canada comes after President Trump refused to back down from his decision to impose global tariffs on goods, including steel and aluminum imports.

"Just when we thought it couldn't get worse", Nicholas Burns, US ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation in the George W. Bush administration, said on Twitter after Kudlow's appearance on CNN.

Mr Kudlow suggested Mr Trump saw Mr Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president will not "let a Canadian prime minister push him around ..."

In tweets, Trump insulted Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak".

Spokesman Cameron Ahmad said on Saturday night that Mr Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Mr Trump.

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City on Sunday.

Ms Freeland told reporters that she had met with US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday and would speak to him later on Sunday, adding that she believes a deal to renew the North American Free Trade Agreement is still possible.


"That's what matters", he wrote.

Macron's office released a statement which said: "International co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

France is also standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said, adding anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency". Trump said that he withdrew the USA from the G-7's joint statement because of that slight. "That's what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did".

UK Prime Minister Theresa May stood with Trudeau on the issue of trade.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible". "But we say that with great sadness". And so we are talking to many countries.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States".

"Ultimately that's what you want", the president said at a news conference in Charlevoix.

Mr Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the U.S. - meaning they export more to the United States than they import - are "taking advantage" of the US.

"Not fair to the PEOPLE of America!"

The fight could have serious economic consequences, since Canada is the US's top trade partner and the largest export market for 32 states.

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