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Canada opposes reinstatement of Russian Federation in G7

Canada opposes reinstatement of Russian Federation in G7

The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on USA trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

President Donald Trump pulled out of the Group of 7 joint communique Saturday night because he wanted to avoid a show of weakness before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a White House official said Sunday.

En route to his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after leaving the summit early, Mr. Trump used Twitter to declare Mr. Trudeau "dishonest and weak" after the Prime Minister reiterated Canada's already announced plans to retaliate for Mr. Trump's tariffs with levies on certain USA goods.

"On the issue of trade, we have been able to agree on important questions to us", she added, stressing that it was "important to have a commitment to rules-based trade".

"Reneging in a tweet is sobering and a bit depressing", Merkel said in an interview with broadcaster ARD.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement to AFP.

Trudeau refused, and the meeting was off the table, but the lead ministers from both countries talked trade on the sidelines of the G7 leaders' talks on Friday.

As he exited the world summit, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "I've been called worse things by better people", said the elder Trudeau.

Merkel captioned the picture: "Day two of the G-7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions".

Mr Navarro said Mr Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

Mr Trump, who was leaving the summit in La Malbaie early, told reporters the United States needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing".

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

In public, Trump bantered easily with his fellow leaders, but the meeting came at a tense moment in the relationships, with allies steaming over Trump's new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

Russian Federation has been shut out since its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and has since earned Western condemnation for its military intervention in Syria in support of dictator Bashar al-Assad.

All of his answers tracked with what he's said in the past, but they set Trump off. "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", he said.


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