WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump blamed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday for the US’ refusal to sign the joint statement with the rest of the G7 countries.
Trump blasted Trudeau on Twitter after the US president left the summit early.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique,” Trump wrote.
The president, who sent the tweets while aboard Air Force One heading to Singapore, where he is due to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, added that his government would analyze the “Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market.”
The statements came after Trump left the G7 summit after a press conference in which he threatened to stop trading with those countries that maintain tariffs on US exports.
At the end of the summit, Trudeau warned that his country would “not be pushed around,” nor would it hesitate carrying out trade reprisals against the US over Washington’s decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum exports.
“I have made it clear to the president that it (imposing counter tariffs) is not something we relish doing, but it’s something that we absolutely will do,” Trudeau said.
“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 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 & weak,” Trump tweeted.
The US did not sign the declaration that firmly recommended the implementation of the Paris climate change agreement, which Trump pulled out of last year.
The US did endorse a point in the final statement to strengthen global energy security through the use of “all available energy sources.”
The G7 is a group of the seven most industrialized nations, namely Germany, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States.