However, despite Trump’s heated rhetoric, the U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, has expressed confidence that the trade conflict can be settled, but said it would take some time. “Look, countries can not continue to take advantage of us on trade”.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has paid tribute to Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s leadership after a G7 summit which she described as “difficult”.
The White House is escalating its verbal attacks against Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of close American ally Canada.
Trump and his deputies took issue with Trudeau for telling a news conference at the end of the G7 conference that Canada would not be pushed around on tariffs – a point he had made several times before.
“We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies”, the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade.
Within minutes of the official release of the document, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter over what he described as the prime minister’s “false statements” during the closing news conference – and the president announced the USA would no longer endorse the communique.
The meeting included the heads of the International Monetary Fund, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the African Development Bank, the International Labor Organization, and a top World Bank official.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Mrs May made clear that the United Kingdom intends to honour the commitments it signed up to at the meeting in Canada, even after the USA president dramatically repudiated them in an end-of-summit tweet.
Mr Trump has consistently said that countries that have a trade surplus with the USA are “taking advantage”.
According to one senior European diplomat, “The whole thing doesn’t make sense”.
Trump went on to say that the USA gets “unfairly clobbered” on trade despite “protecting Europe at great financial loss”.
The House of Commons unanimously supported a motion presented by New Democratic Pary (NDP) MP Tracey Ramsey, condemning the US actions given the “longstanding, mutually-beneficial trading relationship”. “Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%”, he wrote in the first of five tweets relating to the weekend’s summit. Trump’s chief economic adviser said the United States pulled out of supporting the communique because the president was enraged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The European Union on Monday backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after US President Donald J. Trump branded the youthful and popular Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak” following the G7 meeting.
He continued by saying Trudeau’s comments are “not what true friends do” and added “I think Peter Navarro’s commentary on Fox was spot-on”.
On 1 June, the United States imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.