Trump's G7 bust-up shows risks for North Korea summit

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

Many analysts suggest Trump is perversely more at ease with traditional foes - contrasting his treatment of the likes of Canada's Justin Trudeau to the red-carpet welcome he recently gave Kim's right-hand man at the White House. It showed a seemingly glowering German Chancellor Angela Merkel and several other leaders appearing to confront a seated Mr Trump.

President Trump was rebuked by Canada's House of Commons for lashing out at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after leaving the Gang of Seven summit in Montreal this weekend.

The G7 summit was "difficult, with some very candid discussions", the Prime Minister has admitted, after Donald Trump left the Quebec meeting early.

"We expressed deep disappointment at the unjustified decision of the United States to apply tariffs to steel and aluminium imports".

The House of Commons unanimously passed a motion Monday rejecting "disparaging ad hominem statements by USA officials", taking aim at Mr. Trump and his advisers for tearing into Mr. Trudeau beginning moments after the president departed the G-7 summit on Saturday. Yet, the trouble with Trump persisted on nearly all other issues, including climate change, with Trump refusing to endorse by implication the 2015 Paris climate change accord, as well as on his trade war policies that he has introduced against the EU, Canada and Mexico.

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MacLauchlan said he supported the Prime Minister's retaliatory tariffs in response to US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and called on opposition parties to join him in expressing support for the federal government.

The President tweeted on Monday that America was paying disproportionately more towards the costs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) than fellow members. "We would hope that the United States would similarly honour the commitments that they have made".

While there was "common ground" in some areas, she said she was "disappointed" by the USA stance on trade.

"Change is coming!" he warned.

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