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Larry Kudlow calls Justin Trudeau's verbal attacks 'amateurish,' a 'betrayal'

11 June, 2018, 13:41 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • One 'rant,' rough talks sour G7 mood in confrontations with Trump

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on Trade anymore".

The president has accused Canada of taking advantage of American workers through their trade practices. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed US trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation members, in general, make financial contributions based on their economic output, and as a result of being the world's biggest economy the United States does contribute a larger amount than other nations.

The US president, who is in Singapore for a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, tweeted on Monday that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) than fellow members.

Having left the G7 summit in Canada early, Trump's announcement on Twitter that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Ill., accused Trudeau of endangering the economies of both the USA and Canada.

The U.S. president arrived several minutes after the start of the breakfast meeting between G7 leaders and the gender equality advisory council that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created for this year's summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

Less than 24 hours before his meeting with Kim, Trump found time to lambast what he sees as unfair trade practices among the other six industrialized democracies at the summit. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'

By Sunday (June 10) morning, Trump's aides were adding fire to the attack on Trudeau. "Do Timber & Lumber in US?" "We make our commitments and keep them".

Saying Trudeau is "dishonest & weak", he also threatened "tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

The G-7 summit communique called for working together to stimulate economic growth "that benefits everyone", and highlighted a commitment to a "rules-based global trading system" and "fight protectionism".

The joint statement takes on issues such as jobs, climate change, advancing gender equality, building a peaceful world and investing in growth "that works for everyone". German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump's tweet disavowing the G-7 statement "sobering" and "a little depressing".

"President Trump played that process in good faith". He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique.

Last week, Canada hit back at the Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement, and it was published online moments before Trump tweeted.

Trump also told reporters Friday he would favor Russia's re-admittance to the Group of Seven. "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation being in the meeting?"

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