G7 summit ends in disarray as Trump abandons joint statement
June 8, 2018 8:27 pm
US President Donald Trump has retracted his endorsement of the joint communique issued at the end of the G7 summit, accusing Canada of "dishonesty.
He said that other countries were imposing “massive tariffs” on the US.
The joint communique, advocating a “rules-based trading system”, was reached despite tension over US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed afterwards to press ahead with retaliatory tariffs on 1 July.
Speaking at a news conference, he described as “insulting” Mr Trump’s decision to invoke national security concerns to justify steel and aluminium tariffs.
“It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July,” Mr Trudeau said. “Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around.”
The EU said it would stick to the joint communique despite Mr Trump’s decision.
“We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique,” a senior UK government source said.