Trump withdrew from G7 statement to show toughness: Kudlow

Trump withdrew from G7 statement to show toughness: Kudlow

France warned Sunday that "fits of anger" could not dictate global cooperation after US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected a joint statement agreed following a bad-tempered G7 summit in Canada.

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders, though Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

They said Trudeau made Trump look weak ahead of his North Korea summit, with one adviser saying there's a "special place in hell" for the prime minister.

Trudeau said he told Trump that readmitting Russian Federation "is not something that we are even remotely looking at at this time".

Kudlow, the conservative economist who directs the National Economic Council, was upset with Trudeau's comments at a press conference after the contentious Group of 7 summit in Quebec. He pledged to impose retaliatory tariffs against the USA, adding Canada "will not be pushed around".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said it was wrong for Trump to pull out of the joint G7 communique that would have showed solidarity with America's best allies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged differences between the United States and the six other members of the G7 remained, but said a joint statement on trade was expected to be issued at the end of the summit.

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".

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

Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Prime Minister Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the US reversed course.

Trudeau pledged to impose new tariffs on the imported U.S. goods to defend Canadian workers.

Mr. Trudeau, along with other leaders of the G-7, have criticized Mr. Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum to stop the allies from taking "advantage" of the U.S.

He followed up by tweeting: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

They also stepped up Trump's assault on Trudeau himself - unprecedented in the neighbouring countries' longstanding relationship.

"Good to see you guys", Trudeau said to journalists as he walked past.

Mr Trudeau had told reporters that Mr Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

Trump unleashed a Twitter tirade against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the G7 on Saturday calling him "dishonest and weak". Dealing with Trump's whims and last-minute changes of mind has proven a procedural nightmare, political analysts said.

Last year, the USA president was wowed by a French military parade in Paris after being invited to join Mr Macron for his country's annual Bastille Day celebrations.

Trump torpedoes G7 effort to ease trade spat and threatens auto tariffs
Trump's temperament and long-held protectionist ideology, but the President insisted he got along well with Mr. The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the USA , the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy.

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