Britain says hopes US will honour G-7 commitments on trade

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Trump called Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new US tariffs.

Bruce Heyman, the former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, on Monday slammed Donald Trump's treatment of Justin Trudeau, and Canada in general, demanding the president apologize for his surrogate's claim there's a "special place in hell" for people like the Canadian prime minister.

"There are always irritants in relationships", Pompeo said while in Singapore for a summit between Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

European allies on Monday backed Trudeau in the spat with Trump and stressed that they will retaliate against the US tariffs with duties on USA goods. "It's a betrayal. He's double-crossing", he said Sunday.

The President insisted his allies were trying to take advantage of the United States over trade and financing North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The current trade deficits, he said, are the fault of his predecessors.

Saturday, Trump summit pulled the U.S. endorsement of the summit communique - a joint statement that was signed by all the other G7 participants: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom.

She also said that during the summit the leaders discussed President Trump's proposal for complete free trade among G7 member states, but said the issue was "fair trade".

Asked what Trudeau did that amounted to betrayal, Kudlow criticized the Canadian leader for holding a press conference in which he called US tariffs "insulting".

"The NDP stands in solidarity with the government and the prime minister against these provocative words from the American administration", said NDP House Leader Ruth Ellen Brosseau.

Kudlow said that Trudeau's statements are "amateurish" and "sophomoric" only "for domestic consumption", and that it was Trudeau's remarks that had prompted Trump to pull out of the joint communique.

Trudeau himself sidestepped questions about the attacks from Washington.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Those comments were met with surprise by Canadian officials, who said there was nothing in Trudeau's comments that he had not said previously.

"I have never seen anything like it", the expert told CNN's John Berman and Jim Scuitto as the three men spoke live from Singapore. He adds that America "cannot let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".

The joint communique was published online before Trump tweeted his disapproval after comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the new trade tariffs.

In the air by then, 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!"

I guess he also did us a favour by imposing steel and aluminum tariffs.

G7 includes the seven leading industrialized countries of Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. "On the contrary, as part of the USA law, we are part of the national defense base of the United States".

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