Lashing out at the longtime US ally and northern neighbour, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “dishonest & weak” and that the US was pulling back its endorsement of the G7 summit’s communique in part because of what he called Trudeau’s “false statements” at a news conference.
In an extraordinary set of tweets aboard Air Force One, on its way to Singapore for Tuesday’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Trump threw the G7 summit into disarray on Saturday and threatened to escalate his trade war just as Canada released the G7’s official communique.
Its statement took a generally positive view of the leaders’ positions on trade matters while acknowledging tensions with the US.
A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.
It is incredible that a grown man, let alone a world leader, believes he can get away with lying about an outcome as soon as one of the parties has left. Does he think the Americans cannot see/hear him?
Of course they did and Trump tweeted in response: “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!”
He followed up by tweeting: “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. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”
In a statement, a spokesman for Trudeau did not address Trump’s insults. “We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the G7 summit,” spokesman Cameron Ahmad said. “The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the President.”
During an evening stroll with his wife and another couple, Trudeau was asked a couple of times by a reporter for his reaction to Trump’s tweets. And he was also asked for his thoughts on what Trump’s move could mean for the future of the G7 .
Trudeau didn’t answer the questions, responding to journalists at the photo op: “Good to see you guys … It’s a beautiful evening, a great weekend.”
Trump’s personal attack on Trudeau is unprecedented in the countries’ longstanding relationship.
As he exited the world summit, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America’s trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
But the summit host, Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.
“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit, which includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.
Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the US-Canada border.
He said unleashing 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.”
“As Canadians, we are polite, we’re reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau is acting like all Liberals leftists do and that is, ‘wait until you cannot be challenged and then start lying.’
And when you are called to account at some point in the future either ignore the question or keep lying.
No wonder the world is in a mess.
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