Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

Postado Junho 11, 2018

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Bashing the leader of one of America's venerable allies, the White House escalated its trade tirade and leveled more withering and unprecedented criticism Sunday against Canada's prime minister, branding Justin Trudeau a back-stabber unworthy of President Donald Trump's time. That was Justin Trudeau's late father, who served several terms as Canada's prime minister, starting in the late 1960s.

Trump chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow said: "He really kind of stabbed us in the back".

Like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, in line with World Trade Organisation rules, Merkel said.

Unbowed, Trump tweeted anew Monday morning from Singapore: "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

He added that Trudeau's statement risked making Trump look weak before his meeting with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Singapore. "Then Justin acts hurt when called out!"

Trump swiftly responded to Trudeau by upending the communiqué in a series of tweets Saturday evening.

"They pay only a fraction of the cost - and laugh", he wrote, adding that the European Union needed to pay "much more" to help fund the worldwide military alliance, which comprises of 28 members including the UK, US, Germany, Canada and Turkey.

"Prime Minister Trudeau may reap some political benefit through feuding with President Trump, but by engaging with the president on the terms he has so far, instead of on mutually productive ones, he is imperiling the economic well-being of millions of Canadians and Americans", he added.

Trump clashed with Trudeau after the prime minister said Canada would enact retaliatory tariffs in response to USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

But he got direct personal support from some European leaders.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they were "close to a deal", but added that there was also discussion of shifting to a bilateral deal.

Asked what Trudeau did that amounted to betrayal, Kudlow criticized the Canadian leader for holding a press conference in which he called USA tariffs "insulting". "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference". Instead, he emphasized the need for other countries to reduce their barriers against the United States, such as Canadian duties on US dairy. He told CNN's Jake Tapper that "of course" Trump's tweets about Trudeau actually had to do with North Korea "in large part". But even those vested in Canadian trade are not expected to come to Trudeau's defence as long as the US economy is roaring.

"I think in the case of the auto sector, I worked with the Bush and Obama administrations to help bail out that sector during the global financial crisis", Harper said. Her interview came about a day after Trump refused to endorse the G7 summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

Other G7 partners also seemed stunned by Mr Trump's reaction, and pledged to support the communique. So, I ask you: He gets up in the airplane and leaves, and then Trudeau starts blasting him at a domestic news conference? Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, French president Emmanuel Macron, and British prime minister Theresa May can also be seen standing in the photo.

In recent weeks, trading partners of the USA have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

Germany's Angela Merkel later described Mr Trump's decision to reject the joint communique initially agreed between the G7 leaders as "sobering" and "depressing".

At issue, Trudeau defending his country's retaliatory tariffs on the U.S.

"We are convinced that a modernization is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.