Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Merkel slams Donald Trump’s G7 tweets as ‘depressing’ and ‘sobering’

Merkel slams Donald Trump’s G7 tweets as ‘depressing’ and ‘sobering’

President Donald Trump delivered a threat to foreign leaders during a press conference Saturday at the 2018 G7 summit in Quebec, Canada: If they don't dramatically reduce tariffs and trade barriers, "we'll stop trading with them".

In a tweet posted Saturday evening, Trump said his decision was based on "false statements" made by Trudeau during a press conference he gave, as well as "the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs" on USA companies.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said at the G7.

"Fair trade is now to be called fool trade if it is not reciprocal", said Trump, who flew from Canada to Singapore on Sunday to prepare for the first-ever summit between a USA and North Korean leader. Trump advisers described Trudeau's statements as a slight that threatened to make the USA look weak right as the president was leaving for a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

On Sunday morning, two Trump economic advisers, Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro, ratcheted up the bizarro rhetoric.

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"This weekend, certainly if you care about America's place in the world, had to be one of the most concerning, certainly, and I'll just say the most depressing, in Donald Trump's year-and-a-half in office", Scarborough said on "Morning Joe" while introducing James Stavridis, chief global security and diplomacy analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

US President Donald Trump has imposed a 25 per cent tariff on import of steel from Canada and another 15 per cent on aluminium using the "national security interest" provisions of the existing American laws.

When Mrs Merkel was asked if she was concerned about President Trump's retaliation against European Union counter-measures by imposing tariffs on cars, she said: "First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this and then hope that the European Union will respond again in the same unity".

The spat drew in Germany and France, who sharply criticised Mr Trump's decision to abruptly withdraw his support for a Group of Seven communique hammered out at a Canadian summit on Saturday (local time), accusing him of destroying trust and acting inconsistently.

"He made an error", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union". His tweet also accused the prime minister of being "dishonest and weak", and claimed that he only placed tariffs on aluminum and steel in response to Canada's "270% on dairy!"

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After all the public feuding and Twitter sniping, the trade disputes and backdoor tensions, the countries of the G7 summit did, in the end, put out a joint communique on the need for free, fair and mutually beneficial trade.

Trudeau has vehemently opposed the imposition of tariff on U.S. import of Canadian steel and aluminium and has threatened with retaliatory measures. "And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did at that stunt press conference".

"They should let Russian Federation come back in".

But Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Sunday on ABC's "This Week", "I'm not so sure John's right about where America is on trade".

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