Trump says US not to endorse G7 communique

Sunday, 2018-06-10 09:36:22
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(L-R) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe talks with France's President Emmanuel Macron and Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte as Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, on June 8. (Photo: Reuters)
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US President Donald Trump said on June 9 that he has instructed US representatives not to endorse the joint communique released at the end of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, Canada.

"Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!" Trump tweeted from on board Air Force One, just hours after leaving the G7 summit.

Trump also tweeted that US tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, including from Canada, were in response to Canada's tariffs on American dairy products.

In response to Trump's tweets, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau' s Office said that Trudeau has been consistent with Trump both in public and private conversations.

"We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the summit. The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president," Trudeau's Office said in a statement released on Twitter.

Trudeau announced hours earlier that all G7 members had endorsed the joint communique, despite the recent trade tensions between the United States and other G7 allies.

The communique, which appeared to have papered over the cracks that have surfaced in the G7, said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies," the statement said.

The G7 summit came after the Trump administration decided last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which has drawn strong opposition from the domestic business community and quick retaliation from major US trading partners.