Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

EU backs Canadian leader after Trump's sharp words

EU backs Canadian leader after Trump's sharp words

The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on US trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

Larry Kudlow, who is the director of the National Economic Council, appeared Sunday on CNN's State of the Union to defend Trump's decision to back out of the joint communique made at the end of the summit. Or we'll stop trading with them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel found the contentious Group of Seven summit with U.S. President Donald Trump a "sobering" and "depressing" experience but said European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade.

Meanwhile, Trump's off to Singapore to meet up with North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un who landed in the country earlier today.

"PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak".

Several outlets, including German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle and Politico, translated parts of Merkel's remarks, which she made in a Sunday interview with German broadcaster ARD.

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meeting finished on Saturday, with the U.S. president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty.

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Mr Trump had already threatened to divide the G7, made up of the US, France, UK, Italy, Germany, Japan and Canada, when he suggested Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin the group.

Despite Trump's withdrawal and decision to double down on restricting foreign goods entering the United States market, Merkel insisted that she would continue to hold talks and work together with the president.

"But we start from strength and that is working with our closest allies".

In a Facebook post on Monday evening, Mr Lee said that Mr Trump hosted him at the White House last October, and that he was "glad to reciprocate his hospitality".

"That's what matters", he wrote. "I think most Canadians would say that they were proud of their prime minister".

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Trump's refusal to back the G-7 declaration in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

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Prior to Trump's tweet, Trudeau had said all G-7 members signed the joint statement following the summit in Canada. "And I think we should have a reciprocal tax", the USA president said.

Last year, the USA president was wowed by a French military parade in Paris after being invited to join Mr Macron for his country's annual Bastille Day celebrations. "We're the closest partners in the world, and you don't want to see a dispute over one particular issue poison everything".

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S. But in WTO negotiations, the United States bartered those and other things away for what it wanted, including strong protections for intellectual property, or IP. "They know it", he insisted in his departing news conference. "When I'm telling them, they're smiling at me".

"It's actually not a real surprise".

From Singapore early Monday, Trump continued to tweet that the United States protected North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries "these same countries that rip us off on Trade".

"He followed up by asking why the United States should "allow countries to continue to make "massive trade surpluses", asserting that it is "not fair to the people of America" and that the United States is suffering under a "$800 billion trade deficit".

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