Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

A picture that sums up the G7 summit in Quebec City

A picture that sums up the G7 summit in Quebec City

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro went a step further, suggesting to Fox News Sunday morning that there's a "special place in hell" for the Canadian prime minister.

"Trump declared that the trading policy of foreign countries with the USA is unfair, claiming that there is an "$800 Billion Trade Deficit", a figure that is as yet unsubstantiated by expert research.

Trump's attack on Trudeau appears to be motivated by clashes over tariffs, with the president claiming Trudeau found us tariffs "insulting" and warning that "he will not be pushed around".

He wrote on his Twitter profile: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Mr Trump has angered America's closest allies by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

"He really kind of stabbed us in the back", Mr. Kudlow told CNN's State of the Union.

The top trading partners of the USA are upset over recent imposition of a 25 per cent tariff on import of steel and 15 per cent on aluminum.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", the US President said at a press conference before exiting from the two-day summit in Quebec.

This year's G7 summit comes at a time, when leaders of seven major economies view the current global order as a historic division between Washington and its major allies in North America, Europe and Asia. According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on US goods and services but is willing to do so.

Mr Maas said: "It's actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal".

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Leon Neal Getty Images

G8 became G7 in 2014 when Russian Federation was excluded over the unlawful annexation of Crimea.

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by his campaign.

In her own tweet, Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Trudeau is handling what she calls Trump's outbursts and bullying as well as anyone, and that all Canadian leaders need to support the prime minister.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow accused Trudeau of betraying Trump with "polarizing" statements on trade policy that risked making the USA leader look weak ahead of a historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Kudlow said allies should have been more supportive of Trump given the meeting with Kim, using the words "crazy nuclear tyrant" in reference to the North Korean leader. "Tariffs will come way down", Trump said.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said, adding that without partners like Canada, "we wouldn't be in this place, we wouldn't have this diplomatic opportunity" with the North.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said. "I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States".

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn.

"The historic and important agreement we all reached" at the summit "will help make our economies stronger and people more prosperous, protect our democracies, safeguard our environment, and protect women and girls' rights around the world".

Macron leads G7 charge against Trump over trade
He added: "The six countries of the G7 without the United States are a bigger market taken together than the American market". The G7 Summit has been largely overshadowed by Trump's attempts to organize a summit with North Korea in the coming days.

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