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Trump Withdraws From G7 Statement, Accuses Canada of ‘Dishonesty’

The U.S. president shattered a shaky consensus.

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Eli Ridder | CANADA

Just moments after the Group of Seven joint official communique outlining a consensus made by seven economic powerhouses was released on Saturday evening, United States President Donald Trump shattered the announcement, saying that he instructed officials to start the process of withdrawing from the agreement set out in Canada’s Quebec.

Mr. Trump sent two tweets on his way to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un targeting the leader of the G7 host country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Just moments after the communiqué was released outlining 28 areas of agreement by all seven nations–with a few exceptions–Trump tweeted he was instructing his officials to withdraw support for the statement, suggesting that more consequences were to arrived.

“I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market,” the U.S. president tweeted.

Trump followed up with a second tweet explaining that his frustration came from Trudeau’s closing statement at the final press conference of the summit.

The president said Trudeau “acted so meek and mild” during our [summit] 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 [and] weak.”

A spokesperson for Trudeau, Cameron Ahmad, responded to Trump’s tweets by saying the government remained focused on “everything we accomplished here at the summit” and that “the prime minister said nothing he hasn’t said before– both in public, and in private conversations with the president.”

It was a remarkably different tone from what Trump said as he was leaving Charlevoix hours earlier where he said Canada’s relationship was rated a 10 out of 10.


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