In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Trudeau did not address Mr. Trump’s insults. “We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the “G7 summit,” spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.
Lashing out at the longtime U.S. ally and northern neighbor, President Donald Trump tweeted that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “dishonest & weak” and that the U.S. was pulling back its endorsement of the G-7 summit’s communique in part because of what he called Mr. Trudeau’s “false statements” at a news conference.In an extraordinary set of tweets aboard Air Force One, on its way to Singapore for Tuesday’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Mr. Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray on Saturday and threatened to escalate his trade war just as Canada released the G-7’s official communique. Its statement took a generally positive view of the leaders’ positions on trade matters while acknowledging tensions with the U.S.
A few hours earlier, Mr. Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.
Hard times: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and the president of the European Council Donald Tusk in La Malbaie at the G7 summit.
Mr. Trump tweeted- “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!”
In a statement, a spokesman for Mr. Trudeau did not address Mr. Trump’s insults. “We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the “G7 summit,” spokesman Cameron Ahmad said. “The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn’t said before both in public, and in private conversations with the President.”
Mr. Trump’s personal attack on Mr. Trudeau is unprecedented in the countries’ longstanding relationship.
As he exited the world summit, Mr. Trump had delivered a stark warning to America’s trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. But the summit host, Mr. Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Mr. Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.
“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” Mr. Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit, which includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.
Mr. Trudeau later said he reiterated to Mr. Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. He said unleashing retaliatory measures “is not something I relish doing” but that he wouldn’t hesitate to do so because “I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests.”
“As Canadians, we are polite, we’re reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around,” Mr. Trudeau said.
Despite the sharp differences, Mr. Trudeau said all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration despite having “some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs.”