Trump Blasts 'Weak' Trudeau, Won't Sign G-7 Statement

President lashes out on Twitter after leaving Canada
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2018 7:27 PM CDT
In this photo made available by the German government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, speaks with President Trump, seated at right, during the summit in Canada.   (Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP)
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(Newser) – The G-7 summit has not ended in international harmony, to say the least. After departing Canada, President Trump labeled Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "dishonest & weak" on Twitter and said the US would not sign a joint statement with the six member nations of the group, reports the Washington Post. His comments came after Trudeau criticized Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around,” Trudeau said at a press conference. He took particular exception to Trump saying the tariffs were necessary for national security. For Canadians "who stood shoulder to shoulder with American soldiers in far-off lands in conflicts from the First World War onward, it’s kind of insulting," said Trudeau.

Trump fired back, saying that Trudeau "acted so meek and mild" during the summit, only to go after the US in his press conference. "Very dishonest & weak," wrote Trump. "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 as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" he added. Earlier, Trump suggested the US would drop all import barriers if other countries did the same, but he also warned that the US would get tough on countries who kept the current system in place, reports USA Today. “We’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing,” Trump said. “And that ends.” Next up for Trump: His summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12. (Read more President Trump stories.)

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