Friday, 17 August, 2018

Angela Merkel on Trump’s G7 show: It’s ‘depressing’

Donald Trump at the White House before leaving for the G7 Summit Donald Trump at the White House before leaving for the G7 Summit
Jay Anderson | 11 June, 2018, 16:20

U.S. President Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, slammed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as having betrayed the United States and making Trump look week ahead of the highstakes summit with North Korea.

Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would retaliate against Trump's tariffs by imposing import taxes on $12.8 billion worth of USA imports in what Canada says its strongest trade action since the World War II.

Trump, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday, pointed fingers at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, stating that "they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said during a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new USA tariffs.

Moving onto tariffs, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Trump's plan to slap hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on key US trading partners.

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 Trump's time.

Navarro said that Trudeau's press conference following Trump's early departure from the G7 summit on Saturday was "one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history".

Mexico hit back with fiscal penalties on US exports like pork, steel, cheese and whiskey.

Kim Jong-un "must not see American weakness", Kudlow said, shaking his jowls in a very Nixonian fashion.

The Prime minister's spokesman tweeting that what Trudeau said wasn't anything he hadn't already said to Trump himself. "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!"




Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California appeared after Kudlow on the same program and called Trump's decision to not sign the communique a "mistake".

In a meeting at the White House during the French president's visit to Washington in April, Macron suggested the United States and France should work together to resolve shared trade problems with Beijing, prompting Trump to make his remark, a person in the room told CNN.

In return, Mr Trump made the French president his guest at his first White House state dinner, after which the U.S. president said of his visitor: "I like him a lot".

She said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

It's understood that Trump suggested inviting the ousted Russian Federation back to the conference, restoring the summit eight members.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who also attended the summit, told German public television that she found Trump's tweet disavowing the G-7 statement "sobering" and "a little depressing".

Some 75 per cent of Canadian exports go to the U.S., making Canada uniquely vulnerable to a USA trade war.

"Canada is very clear", Freeland said.

Mr Trump also said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry, throwing the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray.

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