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Germany, France blast Trump over Group of Seven U-turn

11 June 2018

A Democratic congressman chastised Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday for "sabotaging" trade negotiations as the fallout from this weekend's tense G7 summit continues, lending President Trump some bipartisan support as the war of words between the two countries escalates.

Having left the G7 summit in Canada early, Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.

Trump announced after Trudeau's press conference that the US would not sign onto the G-7 communique.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric" for a news conference the prime minister gave after Trump left the G7 summit on Saturday.

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French President Emmanuel Macron blasted President Donald Trump on Sunday for withdrawing from a G-7 communique. "The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said.

Mr. Ujczo said there is also a good chance Mr. Trump will roll out his proposed auto tariffs before the US midterms in the fall. "Our tariffs are in response to his 270 percent on dairy".

Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, also slammed the Canadian prime minister, telling "Fox News Sunday" there is a "special place in hell" for leaders like Trudeau. He also attacked Trudeau's character, calling the Liberal Party leader meek, weak and dishonest. He did him a favor and he was even willing to sign that socialist communique.

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement. Trudeau stuck our president in the back.

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Late last month, Canadian officials told the Trump administration there were two US demands they would never agree to in NAFTA: a sunset clause that would automatically terminate the deal in five years and the abolition of the Chapter 19 dispute resolution panels, one source said.

Before departing the conference, Trump warned countries not to retaliate against USA tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.

Saturday's picture was not the first awkward moment between Trump and Merkel, who makes no secret of her disagreement with the American leader's approach on trade, his rejection of the deal to limit Iran's nuclear program and his decision to take the United States out of the global Paris deal to fight climate change.

James Brander, an worldwide trade expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said Freeland's comments were meaningful.

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The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the U.S., the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy. "But to walk away from our allies in this way, I think, is a mistake".