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US blames Canada for G7 fiasco, says Trudeau 'stabbed us in the back'

Following Trudeau's statement during the news conference, Trump posted two tweets slamming his words as "false" and accused the Canadian prime minister of being dishonest. He did not have the gravitas to represent Canada internationally.

A divisive summit in Canada at the weekend ended with U.S. President Donald Trump firing off a volley of tweets, venting anger against North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, the European Union and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila said Sunday that the rift between G7 members at the summit reflects the unpredictability in global political arena, and he hoped the aftermath of the summit would be cleared up quickly. If it is fake, I have little hope for Canada while he is in charge.

James Smith, a spokesman for the federal New Democratic Party, which is left of center, echoed those on the right. John McCain, who said Americans would continue to stand with the nation's historical allies. Unlike last year's G7 summit in Italy, which saw G6 leaders largely attempting to sway Trump on the Paris agreement, the 2018 gathering cemented a "G6-plus-one" approach. During his closing remarks, Trudeau expressed regret over a lack of consensus on various issues, drawing Trump's ire in the process.

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this", Kudlow said, using an acronym for president of the United States.

"Yeah, the socks, the selfies, whatever", he said. Who knows what was actually being said at that moment?

"On the steel tariffs I have a couple of fairly substantial operations in my own riding that are very anxious (about the US penalties)". She also said the United States president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending. Highlighting that the document is still "legally-binding" as far as Germany is concerned, Merkel said she would uphold it but her patience after Trump's about-face had worn thin.

Saying Trudeau is "dishonest & weak", he threatened "tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" Merkel also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures.

Canadians, Heyman said, "are collaborators who try to find paths to solutions". How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious?

Mr Trump also said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry, throwing the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray.

Trump's decision to withdraw his support for the communiqué has drawn sharp criticism from Germany on Sunday. By the time I finish trade talks, that will change. I said maybe in the first minute. "It's been more cordial - cordial and businesslike". "You're not necessarily going to get along with larger powers by aggressively attacking them".

Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI.

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Trump's refusal to back the G-7 declaration in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

And Trudeau has certainly been among the leaders in that regard in recent days.

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