German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing". "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!" the United States president Tweeted.
South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who met with Mr Trudeau on Sunday, said it was time for G20 nations to play a role and to "also bring about some good sense to all the key players". "$800 Billion Trade Deficit ..." But the lead-up to the much-anticipated summit has been overshadowed by the aftermath of the G-7 summit, which saw Trump warning some of the U.S.'s closest allies that they must remove trade barriers or face consequences. The European Union, he added "should pay much more for Military!"
Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP.
The prospect that he could be moving toward an even greater protectionist trade policy is likely to chill financial markets anxious about tit-for-tat escalation that could lead to a full-blown global trade war.
"He didn't attack [President Trump] in any way, other than restate Canada would retaliate for tariffs".
But after negotiators for all seven countries crafted a final communiqué that even the reluctant United States delegation agreed to, Trump abruptly lashed out on Twitter from Air Force One on Saturday night.
"To be honest with you, Prime Minister Trudeau, I respect". He will fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he described as a "mission of peace".
Trump administration officials on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing President Trump in the back, blaming him for the president's refusal to endorse a joint statement with other world leaders.
"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel told reporters.
Trump quickly responded by personally attacking Trudeau.
Parsing Trump's statements on Nafta can by dizzying. Can't do it in person. During a Friday meeting with Trudeau, who Trump has had an often uneasy relationship, he joked that his Canadian counterpart had "agreed to cut all tariffs and trade barriers". Trudeau told reporters that imposing 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".
Trump's trade adviser Peter Navarro also lashed out on Sunday at Trudeau's statements, saying they represent "bad faith".
"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference".
But Trudeau later contradicted the president: "We will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires every five years. That will not stand".
The window to pass a deal in this Congress has nearly certainly closed, observers say, and Mexico will elect a new president on July 1.
"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and it would be a very bad thing for Mexico", Trump said. Macron said Thursday on Twitter, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".
The Americans' criticism of Trudeau left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.
"Canadians are polite, we are reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around".
Kudlow, who was in Canada with President Trump for the G-7 meeting, told CNN on Sunday that the USA had come to an agreement with the other highly-industrialized nations in the group on a joint communique until Trudeau's "sophomoric play".