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Trump slams Trudeau at G7 communique

Quebec (Canada), June 10: US President Donald Trump has accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making “false statements” and said that Washington will not endorse a G7 communique, the media reported. “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!,” the President tweeted on Saturday.

In a second tweet, Trump said: “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around’. Very dishonest and weak. Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!” On June 1, the US imposed a 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico. Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to US security.

The EU then announced tariffs on US goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation. Shortly after Trudeau said that he was “happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries” indicating that the US was also included, Trump announced that Washington would reverse its decision and not sign the statement. The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the US, the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy. (IANS)