Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs

Erika Holt
June 11, 2018

Trump also tweeted that Trudeau had acted "so meek and mild" during their meetings and that his tough talk later is "dishonest & weak".

"The withdrawal, so to speak, via tweet is of course. sobering and a bit depressing", Merkel said on Sunday in an ARD television interview following the G7 summit.

Trump revealed that the US team had worked "very well" with the representatives from Pyongyang during the bilateral preparatory talks for the summit.

Merkel said the G7 leaders had agreed to review their trade ties and assess the scope of existing tariffs to avoid further trade barriers.

Trump left the G7 summit early to get a head start to Singapore where he'll hold a historic summit the North Korean leader on Monday.

"He was even willing to sign that socialist communique", Navarro said, referring to the joint statement of G7 nations that Trump ultimately refused to sign, and which was reportedly the result of hard-line American demands.

Trudeau said at the news conference that while the G-7 meeting was "very successful", Canada could impose retaliatory tariffs on USA products.

Mr Kudlow suggested Mr Trump saw Mr Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around". And what did Trudeau do as soon as the plane took off from Canadian airspace?

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

"The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs", Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union".

"Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks ... and we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes from a close ally", Ms Freeland told reporters in Quebec City.

U.S. President Donald Trump has backed up threats of tariffs in the past with real trade action, and that's why his latest comments about the Canadian dairy and auto sectors are worrying, and need to be taken seriously, say trade insiders.

France has warned that "fits of anger" can not not dictate worldwide cooperation after US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected a previously agreed joint statement in the wake of a fractious Group of Seven (G7) summit in Canada. Trump has pointed to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's criticism of him as a reason for withdrawing from the consensus statement.

Trump left the meeting between the world's leading industrialized countries with a warning to US allies, saying that if they don't remove trade barriers with the USA then they will face consequences.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

French President Emmanuel Macron said "international co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

In response, Canada, Mexico and the European Union said they were putting in place their own retaliatory measures.

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