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Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies

Dem sen: ‘Difficult to understand’ Trump’s treatment of allies

Just minutes after a joint G7 communique was published Saturday in summit host city Quebec, President Donald Trump launched a Twitter broadside, taking exception to comments made by Trudeau at a news conference and saying he had instructed USA representatives not to endorse the joint communique.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Group of Seven countries have agreed to a joint communique at the conclusion of the alliance's leaders' summit in Quebec.

Trudeau said at the news conference that while the G-7 meeting was "very successful", Canada could impose retaliatory tariffs on USA products. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed USA trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade". The Chinese tariffs were a response to the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium, which impact India too.

The calamitous summit ended in disarray after Trump broadsided his allies by disavowing a joint statement the United States had agreed to.

Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith".

President Trump and PM Lee last met in October 2017, during Mr Lee's visit to Washington DC at Mr Trump's invitation.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a press conference at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

As well as criticising the tariffs, Mrs May has also opposed Mr Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations.

President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at India along with the world's other top economies and accused New Delhi of charging 100 per cent tariff on some of the US' goods, as he threatened to cut trade ties with countries who are robbing America.

Shaun Osborne, chief FX strategist at Scotiabank, said the market's reaction to sell the Canadian dollar following Trump's latest tweets reflect a belief that a NAFTA deal is further away now.

"I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

Trudeau "really kinda stabbed us in the back", top U.S. economic advisor Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Former Trudeau foreign policy adviser Roland Paris didn't take kindly to the attack, calling Trump "a pathetic little man-child". A senior U.S. administration official said that Trump had been angered by Trudeau's comments. We will also definitely go into talks with our. partners, especially Canada and Japan, and again see how we could work closer together.

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

In a pointed criticism of Trump's policy, May said that the most effective way of reaping the benefits of globalisation was through multilateral action, adding: "It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners".

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