Trump refuses to endorse G-7 communique, threatens Canada with more tariffs

Trump refuses to endorse G-7 communique, threatens Canada with more tariffs

Trump refuses to endorse G-7 communique, threatens Canada with more tariffs

The G7 summit in Canada has ended in the escalation of a row over trade with US President Donald Trump withdrawing support for a communique, citing "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the United States and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit.

A spokesman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the other G7 members stand by the communique and all that was agreed upon.

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the US was responsible for the problem with tariffs.

President Donald Trump has delivered a further blow to the U.S. relationship with traditional allies by retracting his endorsement for a joint communique with G7 leaders and threatening to escalate a brewing trade war.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust.

Copies of the communique stamped with "approuve", or approved in French, were being circulated around the G-7 media center in Quebec City as Trump made his order on Twitter. "We will weigh the positions, we still have to start the G7", he replied to a question on whether Italy would veto Russian Federation sanctions.

Trudeau also said that Canada will not agree to a "sunset clause" in negotiations for NAFTA.

The outburst against Trudeau, and by association the other G7 members, is only the latest incident in which Trump has clashed with America's closest allies, even as he has had warm words for autocrats like Kim and Russia's Vladimir Putin.

It's a startling attack on the leader of the US neighbor and ally.

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump continued.

Conte, a political outsider, was sworn in last Friday to the role of prime minister.

"I did suggest it and people were - I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out", Trump said.

The country was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

He described Trudeau's actions during the G7 as a "sophomoric play".

Speaking at the G7 in Canada, Conte said "there is total dissatisfaction on Italy's part on the proposals now being discussed, Italy can not be left on its own in managing migratory flows". "Tariffs will come way down".

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.

Trump infuriated his G7 allies recently by slapping them with the hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

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