Ford among politicians backing Trudeau in G7 spat with Trump


Shortly after President Trump blasted Canada on Saturday and said the US would not endorse a joint statement with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, the almost 4,000 word communique was released.

With U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the centre of the dispute, the back and forth has intensified since just before the start of the month - when the Americans imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (R) meets with U.S. President Donald Trump during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

The G7 members are Canada, the U.S., U.K. Germany, Italy, Japan and France.

Speaking to CNN today, Trump adviser Larry Kudlow says he personally negotiated with Trudeau during the two-day G7 summit in Quebec's Charlevoix region and insists the US agreed to the language in the communique in good faith.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Mr. Trudeau said.

Without naming Trump, Trudeau tweeted Sunday in support of "t$3 he historic and important agreement we all reached" at the summit.

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

"And then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

He added that Trudeau's statement risked making Trump look weak before his meeting with Kim Jong Un, the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in Singapore. Tweeting en route to his next summit in Singapore, Trump said he had instructed us officials "not to endorse the communique".

Donald Trump threw insults at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter after rejecting the G7 summit statement on Saturday.

Responding to a question from CTV Ottawa Bureau Chief Joyce Napier, Freeland said that, for her, "the most important thing is deeds rather than words", adding that Canada plans to retaliate against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum starting on July 1, something she says Canada is "doing out of sorrow".

Kudlow called Trudeau's press conference a "sophomoric, political stunt for domestic consumption".

Trudeau didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders, though Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", said Mr Maas.

European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade. We're going to stand united.

"Trudeau says that we are the problem with tariffs".

But in a tweet after flying out of Canada, the USA president showed he was in no mood to back down in any trade dispute.