Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement

Minnie Murray
June 10, 2018

Trump was quick to respond to Trudeau's announcement in a Twitter outburst Saturday evening, writing that he will instruct USA representatives at the G7 summit to not sign the joint communique the seven nations crafted after a series of compromises and threatening to impose tariffs on automobiles from Canada.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has instructed U.S. representatives not to endorse the joint communique released at the end of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, Canada.

In response, the European Union is preparing new tariffs set to hit USA exports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey.

"What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out a consensus language that we could all agree to", Trudeau said in the town of La Malbaie where leaders have been meeting since Friday morning.

Although Merkel said the "common view" in Europe was to continue to exclude Russia, Italy's new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, echoed Trump's call for returning Russia to the "negotiating table" in a post on Twitter. Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 of pressing for freer global trade.

"The EU understands that the only way with Trump is strength", said one European official. President Trump held a surprise press conference before he left the summit, and he left a bit early.

Trump - who left the summit earlier than scheduled - demanded on Saturday that G-7 countries reduce their trade barriers and has adamantly defended the tariffs on aluminum and steel he placed on US allies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stands next to Mr Trump, also with folded arms, as French President Emmanuel Macron leans in next to Mrs Merkel.

Trump's latest verbal counter-punch came in response to comments made by Trudeau at the press conference, in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the U.S. did not remove the steel and aluminum tariffs. President Trump is demanding the other countries change their trade policies.

Russian Federation was suspended from what was then the G8 after the annexation of Crimea in 2014.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the other G7 leaders registered their "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S." on its closest allies.

Trump's strained relationship with the rest of the G7 was evident on Saturday when he arrived late for the opening session, with Trudeau addressing a gathering that included an empty chair where the president was meant to be.

But a French official insisted France and its fellow G7 European nations were maintaining their support communique and said anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".

Another picture appears to show the 71-year-old Trump wincing slightly as he struggles to get to grips with his 40-year-old counterpart. But the leaders are saying they're committed to continuing the dialogue and continuing to work on this matter.

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