US pull out of joint communiqué trump G7at Qubec summit
US President Donald Trump was further isolated during G7 summit held in Qubec, Canada, a neighbour, once used to be most trusted and friendly for his country. He pulled out of a joint statement negotiated by the leaders of the member countries: US, Germany, Britain, France, Japan, Italy and Canada.
The eight page communiqué on Saturday vowed to tackle protectionism and cut trade barriers. Trump left the Qubec resort, the venue of the G7 summit early to head to Singapore for a much-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12.
His unhappiness was made public through his tweet calling Canadian Prime Minsiter Justin Trudeau as “weak and dishonest”.
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. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
Shortly after Trudeau said that he was “happy to announce that we have released a joint communiqué by all seven countries” indicating that the US had signed on, Trump announced the US would reverse its decision and not sign on to the statement after all.
The G7 communiqué references a number of shared priorities, including on trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability. At one point, the agreement states, “we acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation.”
On Saturday Canadian PM Trudeau said in a news conference that his country will “move forward with retaliatory measures” on July 1 in response to the Trump administration’s decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
“I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do,” Trudeau said. “Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”
Reacting to the Trudeau policy statement Trump addressed an impromptu news conference at the summit on Saturday, saying that he does not want to see other countries take advantage of the US over trade. “It’s going to change,” he said. “Tariffs will come way down. We’re like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends.”
Canadian PM’s office was quick to respond to Trump’s tweets accusing Trudeau of “false statements” on Saturday, saying that the Prime Minister said nothing during the G7 summit that he had not said previously.
His office statement said, “We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit. The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before — both in public, and in private conversations with the President.”
Without naming President Trump, former FBI chief James Comey tweeted on US-Canadian relationship.
Our national security relationship with Canada is vital and saves American lives. It was built over generations and is bigger than any person or dispute. This too shall pass. pic.twitter.com/TTOPUf2kjB
— James Comey (@Comey) June 10, 2018
Before leaving for Singapore, Trump accused his G7 counterparts and other nations of “unfair” trade practices and of treating the US like a “piggy bank”. He said, “The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades.”
He was equally unhappy with former US administrations for the disadvantage. He said he blamed his White House predecessors going back decades and not the G7 leaders for the “unfair” trade deals.
He further said, “In fact, I congratulate leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals so good for their countries,” Trump said, while insisting that his relationships with Europe and Canada were “outstanding”. He vowed to get rid of “ridiculous and unacceptable” tariffs on US goods.
At one point Trump went beyond normal courtesies language saying “It’s going to stop. Or we’ll stop trading with them. And that’s a very profitable answer, if we have to do it,” Trump said. “We’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing – and that ends.”
Earlier on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly acknowledged that differences between the US and the six other G7 members remained, but stressed the importance to “have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the World Trade Organization”.
“This is not a detailed solution to our problems,” she told reporters. The differences in opinion have not been taken off the table.”
Moreover, French President Emmanuel Macron, who had earlier supported Iran nuclear deal despite US withdrawal, described the joint statement as a good first step that represented the G7 nations’ desire to stabilise the situation. However, he said, “Nevertheless, I do not consider that with a declaration all is obtained and it is obvious that we will have in the coming weeks, the next months, to continue to work.”
The collusion course between US and other six members of G7 began before the summit actually happened. Trump proposed that Russia should be readmitted into G7, which was opposed by Canada and Euriopean allies, except Italy.