Americans turn to social media to #ThankCanada in wake of G7 tensions

April FrancisJun 12, 2018

"And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it", Trump said in a bewildering press conference before he departed Canada, insisting that the summit was a success and the level of relationship he shared with the G7 leaders was a10 on a scale of one to ten.

Kudlow, who was in Canada with President Trump for the G-7 meeting, told CNN on Sunday that the US had come to an agreement with the other highly-industrialized nations in the group on a joint communique until Trudeau's "sophomoric play".

But Kudlow said he doesn't know whether there will be a deal and that Trump had no alternative but to respond the way he did to Trudeau's "very unfortunate" statements. Mr. Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to USA security.

"Then (Canadian Prime Minister) Justin (Trudeau) acts hurt when called out!"

"The United States loses political influence in the rest of the world, and they also lose position as a centerpiece in efforts to find global joint mechanisms and set the agenda", said Solberg, who had been invited to attend the summit.

Tom Tugendhat a Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling said: "What is slightly surprising when you see this is that there is this idea that there is a security risk with Canada".

But California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, said Trump wasn't just taking on Trudeau, but all of the United States' best allies by not signing the G-7 statement after a two-day meeting in Canada with leaders of the world's largest industrialized economies.

The remarks apparently upset Trump, who had left the conference early to travel to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the office added.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he", Kudlow said.

Korean official's US visit reminiscent of 2000 diplomacy
North Korea's mission to the United Nations in NY is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States. Trump announced that he had called off the summit, citing "open hostility" from North Korea.

Mr Trump roiled the G7 meeting in Canada by first agreeing to a group statement on trade, only to withdraw from it while complaining that he had been blindsided by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of his tariff threats at a summit-ending news conference. Trudeau did not make President Trump look weak.

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

He called Mr Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Mr Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new United States tariffs.

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro blasted Trudeau in an interview Sunday.

"If the expectation was that a weekend in handsome Charlevoix....was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite reach that bar", Trudeau said. And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

G7 allies seemed as perplexed as Canada at the sudden diplomatic row, and Germany and France accused Mr Trump of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity, removes the incentive to innovate - and ultimately makes everyone poorer".

He added that EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker thanked Trudeau "for the excellent preparation and chairing of this challenging summit".

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