Southforward.com – After US President Donald Trump abandoned the joint statement, the G7 Summit ended in chaos. Trump had earlier withdrawn support for a joint communiqué issued at the end of the G7 summit that advocated “rule-based trading systems,” and Trump accused Canada of being “dishonest”.
Trump accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of acting “gently and subtly” during the meeting, only to attack the United States (US) at a press conference. The summit – which ended on Saturday (9/6) – was damaged by trade disputes.
Trudeau is called “derogatory” Trump’s decision because it uses national security to justify the tariff.
HOW IS ARGUMENTS HAPPENED?
The recent difference in US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports appears to have been colored in a joint communiqué advocating a “rule-based trading system”. But in a subsequent press conference, the Canadian leader promised to continue to press with the rate of retaliation against the US on July 1.
“The Canadians are polite and reasonable, but we will not be pushed around, either,” he said. Trump said on twitter that he had instructed US officials to “not support the communiqué as we review tariffs on cars”.
He said that the move was based on “Trudeau’s false statements at his press conference, and the fact that Canada imposes great tariffs on our farmers, workers and US companies.” He says Trudeau is “very dishonest and weak.”
Trudeau’s office responded by saying that the prime minister did not say anything he did not say before, both publicly and in private conversations with Trump.
Until a few weeks ago, the relationship between Trump and Trudeau was fine. Despite the differences between the two countries on the trade of things ranging from softwood and newsprint to the major renegotiations of the Trilateral North American Free Trade Agreement both men tend to speak positively about each other.
The recent US decision to impose metal tariffs in Canada, the EU and Mexico is the turning point. Trudeau who has taken a peaceful approach to Trump begins to use a much louder tone. Polls show that Canadians support the tougher tone.
Indeed, the economies of both countries are highly integrated, with work on both sides of the border dependent on smooth trade between neighboring countries. Whether this new phase in the Canadian-US relationship will allow some trading points to be resolved remains uncertain.
The G7 summit held in La Malbaie, Quebec province also covers issues such as relations with Russia. In the communiqué, Canada’s major industrialized countries, the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Japan and Germany agreed on the need for “free trade, just and mutual benefit” and the importance of combating protectionism. “We are trying to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers, and subsidies,” they said.
Other agreements reached include:
Russia: A joint request for the Russian government to “dismiss its destructive behavior.” The leaders called on the Kremlin to stop with its efforts to “undermine democracy” and withdraw its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Iran: The pledge to “permanently” ensure Iran’s nuclear program stays on a peaceful road. The group said they are committed to ensuring Iran “will never seek, develop, or acquire nuclear weapons”
Climate: Disagreements. The United States refused to sign a pledge to implement the Paris climate change agreement, after Trump announced that it withdrew from the deal in June in the hope of a “fair”
On June 1, the US imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel and 10 percent on aluminum on imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico. Trump said the move would protect domestic producers crucial to US security. The EU then announced tariffs on US goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. Canada and Mexico are also taking retaliatory action.