Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada

The Latest: Merkel finds Trump's action sobering, depressing

The Latest: Merkel finds Trump's action sobering, depressing

Trump reacted in a tweet:"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!"

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close USA ally and neighbour. That's why American diplomats and policymakers spent days talking to their North Korean counterparts in New York, Washington, Korea's DMZ, and Singapore before even committing fully to the June 12 summit. Still, numerous Canadian officials, including Trudeau's spokesperson, noted that he said nothing new or anything that hadn't been discussed with Trump in private.

Trudeau told reporters that the statement was supported by every member, but Trump's Twitter message Saturday withdrew US support for the communique.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that a meeting of the Group of Seven leaders in Canada had been "difficult" and that countries had to avoid taking unilateral action in order to protect the global trading system. The US president took to Twitter while on his trip to Singapore for the historic summit with North Korea to call Trudeau "Very dishonest & weak".

Trump may not be the free trader Kudlow describes him to be. John McCain who responded with a very different message for US allies: "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't".

McCain's best friend and colleague in the Senate, South Carolina Sen.

Trump responded to the Canadian prime minster's news conference by tweeting that because of Trudeau's statement, he would not sign the communique that the G-7 nations had drafted at the summit. I don't blame them. Hillary Clinton said she would get out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership if she had become president.

On Sunday, Mrs Merkel labelled Mr Trump's use of Twitter to withdraw from the G7 communique on trade "sobering and a bit depressing".

The comment echoed that of Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who on Friday said in a statement that Putin "chose to make Russian Federation unworthy of membership in the G8 by invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea".

On trade, Tennessee Republican Sens. Bob Corker has introduced legislation that would roll back the President's power to impose tariffs like the ones he introduced earlier this month on steel and aluminum on USA allies, but Republican leaders don't appear eager to take it up even as an amendment to already-moving legislation.

Democrats, meanwhile, have been more outspoken. "That Canada could be considered a national security threat to the United States is inconceivable".

Not one of the other leading economies embraced Trump's proposal. Sure, the president got a few stern looks when he showed up late on Saturday morning for the "women's empowerment breakfast". "We are resolved to ensure that all workers have access to the skills and education necessary to adapt and prosper in the new world of work brought by innovation through emerging technologies".

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