SHAFAQNA – During the summit, Trump’s meetings with leaders from the other G7 members — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, plus the European Union (which is not technically part of the G7 but participates) — were reportedly pretty tense and confrontational.
That was to be expected. Trump has placed steel and aluminum tariffs on every other member of the G7, and that was bound to be a major topic of contention during talks. The French also intended to push Trump to make policy concessions on climate policy and the Iran nuclear deal.
Before everything wrapped up, it was hard to discern how the US would act. Trump’s comments to reporters sent mixed signals on where he stood. He said that the complete elimination of tariffs were “the ultimate thing” that the countries were striving for but he also said that he would be willing to “stop trading” with countries that put unfair tariffs on US goods.
Yet as the summit came to an end, it appeared that all of the countries had decided to sign a final statement despite the tensions. Trudeau’s government released the joint statement and announced that it had been signed by all seven members of the G7, Vox reported.
But moments later, Donald Trump has left the G7 network of global cooperation in disarray after he pulled the US out of a previously agreed summit communique, blaming the Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau whom he derided as “dishonest and weak”.
But after leaving for Singapore, Trump tweeted personal attacks on Trudeau and said that he had told his representatives not to sign the summit communique, turning what had already been a tense meeting of the world’s leading industrialised democracies into a fiasco.
“PM Justin Trudeau acted so meek and mild,” he tweeted. “Only to give a news conference after I left saying that ‘US tariffs were kind of insulting’ and ‘he will not be pushed around’, The guardian reported.