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G7 leaders commit to fighting trade protectionism: communique

G7 leaders commit to fighting trade protectionism: communique

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the US leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating his position that the U.S. had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, as French President Emmanuel Macron tried to push back.

Tusk was referencing a comment made by Trump aide Peter Navarro, who shocked even the US President's Republican colleagues when he called Trudeau a backstabber - over the issue of trade tariffs - and verbally consigned him to "hell" after a G7 meet in Canada over the weekend.

A senior diplomatic source with knowledge of the discussions also said the photo captured an argument on the trade section of the communique. That's the way it should be.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

Hours after Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Trudeau, Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close US ally and neighbor.

"The US pays close to the entire cost of Nato-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh)", he tweeted.

Trump attacked the Canadian leader after withdrawing USA approval of the joint communique issued at the close Saturday of the Group of Seven summit in Charlevoix, Quebec.

John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist: Trump "beclowned himself" at G-7 summit Trump trade adviser rips Trudeau: "There is a special place in hell" Graham: I'm "not so sure" McCain is right that a majority of Americans back free trade MORE (R-Ariz.) is the only one who stands against Trump.

Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports
Timeline of trade tensions since the US decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports

Trump refused to sign a previously-negotiated joint statement written by all seven countries, prompting French President Emmanuel Macron to say in a statement Sunday that "International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks ..."

Former prime minister Brian Mulroney predicts Donald Trump's unprecedented diatribe against Justin Trudeau is a passing storm.

"As an American, I hate this", Bruce Heyman, who was USA ambassador to Canada from 2014 to 2017, told CBC's On the Money.

US President Donald Trump on Monday continued his vitriolic attacks on several close allies in the wake of his early departure from an unusually discordant G7 meeting in Canada, which saw him withdraw US support for a joint communique.

Among other insults the president levelled at the PM, Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak", and accused Canada of ripping the US off in trade. "It's just beyond the pale", he said. -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".

A spokesman for Trudeau told the New York Times that the prime minister is focusing on "everything we accomplished here at the summit".

Ahead of the meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a joint press conference with French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron. Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, told CNN that Trudeau's press conference addressing Trump's actions was "a betrayal".

There are more reasons than ever to not visit the U.S.

Using this metric, the USTR reports, Canada can claim a $90 billion annual surplus in goods trade, although the United States still has a large advantage in services.

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