President Donald Trump's top economic adviser says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" when Trudeau said at the end of the Group of Seven summit that Canada wouldn't be pushed around by the USA and its trade tariffs.
It started on CNN's "State of the Union" when Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the White House was angered by Trudeau's comments during the news conference that Canada must stand up for itself and that recently imposed USA tariffs on steel and aluminum are "insulting". Later, the document was made public. Speaking after meeting European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk, Conte said "we want a stronger Europe but also one with more solidarity".
At a summit aimed at renewing ties between members after months of trade threats, Trump heightened tensions with allies while reaching out to absent US adversaries.
The confrontation over US tariffs on steel and aluminium imports threatened to rupture the G7, which during its 42-year history has traditionally sought to find consensus on the economy and other issues.
Trump has announced tariffs of up to $150 billion on Chinese goods over US complaints of Beijing's trade practices and its alleged theft of USA technology.
Conte said Friday that he backed Trump's call to readmit Russian Federation to the G-7.
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The G7 summit came after the Trump administration announced last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union (EU), Canada and Mexico, which has drawn strong opposition from the domestic business community and quick retaliation from USA major trading partners. Quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor: "the U.S.", Tusk said, adding the United States and other G7 members would continue to disagree on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal. "President Trump is creating chaos".
Ahead of his departure, Trump had criticised his predecessors for negotiating "unfair" trade deals. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent dairy!"
But French officials have indicated the European Union and USA will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, signalling a modest step forward at G7.
"Trump did not want to be isolated", Macron said.
European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Friday that Trump's protectionist trade measures pose a threat to the rules-based global order.
Journalists traveling on Air Force One to Singapore with Trump had been told that the U.S. had chose to be part of the joint communique, which represented a minimal show of unity amid deep disagreements between Trump and the other six leaders over trade. Tariffs are going to come way down because people can not continue to do that.
He said retaliatory measures against the United States would come into place on July 1, even though it was "not something we want to do". China has vowed to retaliate in equal measure. Speaking at the G7 in Canada, Conte said "there is total dissatisfaction on Italy's part on the proposals now being discussed, Italy can not be left on its own in managing migratory flows".
Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the US reversed course.