Trump shocks leaders with Trudeau insult to upend G7 summit

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Shortly after President Trump blasted Canada on Saturday and said the USA 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.

Navarro also said "there's a special place in hell" for any foreign leader engaging in "bad faith diplomacy" with Trump, referring to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The statement was a declaration of shared values and goals by the seven countries - the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - that attended.

Peter Navarro said on "Fox News Sunday" that's what Trudeau did to Trump at the end of the Group of Seven nations meeting in Canada over the weekend. Speaking at a post-summit press conference, Trudeau acknowledged that there were major differences with Trump.

Trump fired back after Trudeau's press conference, blasting the Canadian leader on Twitter as "very dishonest and weak".

President Trump withdrew from a joint statement with G7 allies on trade because he needed to show toughness before his historic negotiations with Kim Jong Un, according to his chief economic adviser.

The director of the national economic council under the Trump administration, Larry Kudlow, said during a CNN interview that Justin Trudeau stabbed the U.S.in the with his comments during a press conference held after U.S. President Donald Trump left the summit.

Correction: June 10, 2018 12:00 am - The original version of this article said Trump was scheduled to meet Kim on Monday.

As Business Insider's Michelle Mark reported, the summit ended in disarray: Late Saturday, US President Donald Trump tweeted that the US would not endorse the joint statement from the summit.

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"And I highlighted it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA and that it would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July - applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

Trudeau also stated that Canadians did not take it lightly that the US has moved forward with significant tariffs on their steel and aluminum industry.

Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Prime Minister Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the USA reversed course.

"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. he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak", he added.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 twitter characters", Maas remarked, a reference to Trump's tweet rejecting the joint communiqué.

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the United States market if they retaliate to his tariffs. I do not know where we go from here.

But Arizona Sen. John McCain, who is often aligned with Graham, pushed back Saturday against Trump's refusal to sign the G-7 statement.

There was also an agreement to disagree on climate change in the wake of Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate accord a year ago which further underlined the divide between the Group of Seven's powerhouse and its six co-members.

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