Citing Justin Trudeau's Lack of Manliness, President Trump Repudiates G7 Joint Statement

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) speaks with President Donald Trump during the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada on June 9. (From left, front row: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and White House national security adviser John Bolton.) | Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) speaks with President Donald Trump during the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada on June 9. (From left, front row: White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow, British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Merkel, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and White House national security adviser John Bolton.) | Jesco Denzel/German Federal Government via AP

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There was a great deal of doubt that the G7 was going to be able to issue a joint communique after the somewhat contentious and disharmonious meeting that just concluded. But somehow they managed it.

Via The Hill:

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday that all members of the Group of Seven (G-7) had signed on to a joint statement, ending speculation that the United States could be excluded from such a communique.

“I’m happy to announce that we’ve released a joint communique by all seven countries,” Trudeau said in closing remarks at the G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada.

Speaking at a news conference on Saturday morning, Trump demanded that G-7 countries drastically reduce trade barriers for the U.S. or risk losing access to the world’s largest economy.

The series of snubs and demands from Trump — alongside other long-simmering disagreements with key U.S. allies — prompted speculation that the U.S. would be left out of the joint communique with the other G-7 leaders.

At the same news conference, Trudeau took some exceptions to some of Trump’s demands.

In his final press conference, Trudeau said people who expected the G-7 countries to resolve their differences with Trump on trade during the summit were expecting too much.

Trudeau also sharply disagreed with Trump’s comments from earlier Saturday that the NAFTA deal should have a clause that sunsets the agreement, signaling more future fireworks on trade between the two nations.

“There will be no sunset clause,” Trudeau said.

His words apparently set Trump off.

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This, of course, is all posturing on both sides. Canada’s GDP is small potatoes compared to the US and we are their largest trading partner. Likewise, Canada is a major trading partner with the US. Any tit-for-tat exchange of tariff increases is going to hurt both sides but the pain is going to be felt first, and more deeply, in Canada. That said, President Trump’s behavior is punching down to a significant degree and unseemly in the bargain. It would have been just as easy to instruct the conference representatives to not sign on to the joint communique and leave Trudeau hanging out there alone. It would have been equally easy to ignore Trudeau and sign on to a communique that committed us to nothing (the diplomatic equivalent of “no, Honey, those jeans don’t make your ass look like it needs its own ZIP Code”). It is difficult to see what this accomplished besides make negotiations between two long time allies and trading partners much more difficult than they need be.

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