US President Donald Trump has thrown two days of diplomatic talks into chaos, insulting Canada's Prime Minister and tweeting that the United States would not endorse the joint communique that leaders from the Group of Seven nations negotiated at this weekend's summit.
The Canadian prime minister's office responded 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.
And he said he had told Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".
"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", it stated, adding that the Canadian government remains "focused on everything we accomplished here at the summit".
According to BBC, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism.
"We have a tremendous trade imbalance", Trump said during Saturday's press conference.
The announcements come as Mr. Trump seeks to make headway on the deep US trade deficit, saying the country has been taken advantage of for too long, and he is fighting back.
"I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing". Mr Trudeau's unwillingness to accept a hard sunset clause for NAFTA, or to accept American tariffs on steel and aluminium without retaliation, were also already clear. They found just the right wording to secure American agreement on matters that never used to be in question, such as supporting democracy, abiding by international-trade rules and fighting terrorism. "I don't blame other leaders for that, I blame our past leaders".
But Trump's outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed, and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large U.S. market.
"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", he continued, describing America as a "piggy bank that everyone keeps robbing". "So long as the USA government persists on its present course where the instinct is to undo anything that is already there", said Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, in a phone call with reporters ahead of the weekend summit.
Trade experts and officials are skeptical about Trump's idea of zero tariffs, as the Trump administration has slapped high tariffs on imports of solar panel, washing machines, steel and aluminum products.
The president also spoke at length about trade policy, which has been a contentious issue at the G7 gathering. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends". Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then known as the G8 - in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea.
President Trump arrived late and left early from the Quebec G7 Summit he didn't want to attend. It's going to change. "You got to go tariff free", he argued. Trump said Friday he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.