Trump withdraws US support from G-7 statement after Canadian PM makes devastating trade announcement

Trump withdraws US support from G-7 statement after Canadian PM makes devastating trade announcement
President Donald Trump withdrew U.S. support for a joint G-7 statement on trade after Canadian PM Justin Trudeau announced his country would move forward with retaliatory tariffs. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump lashed out at “very dishonest” and “weak” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday just hours after he told a reporter his relationships with G-7 leaders are the best they have been.

What happened?

Trump tweeted late Saturday that he instructed U.S. representatives to withdraw support for the final joint statement from the G-7 summit following Trudeau’s remarks. The statement put in writing each country’s dedication to lowering tariffs.

Trudeau announced Saturday, following the conclusion of the G-7 summit, that he plans to move forward with retaliatory tariffs in direct response to Trump’s controversial new tariffs.

According to CBS, Trudeau told Trump “it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us.”

“Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” he reportedly added.

In a follow up tweet, Trump said he was surprised by Trudeau’s statement because he acted “meek and mild” during the G-7 meetings.

How did Canada respond?

After Trump’s tweets, Trudeau’s office released the following statement: “The prime minister said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the president.”

What did Trump say earlier in the day?

Upon departing Canada for Singapore, where he is slated to meet with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, Trump praised the G-7 meetings.

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