World Trump backed out of G7 statement to avoid looking weak before Kim summit, aide says

21:07  10 june  2018
21:07  10 june  2018 Source:   latimes.com

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Trump , who aides said has scant interest in multilateralism, resumed his tirade against G 7 members and their “unfair The White House subsequently announced the president would leave on Saturday, before the summit formally ends, to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump also singled out tariffs on U.S. dairy products in yet another scathing tweet directed at Canada just before the G - 7 . With a cool reception all but assured, Trump has complained to aides about even having to attend the meeting, especially since his summit with Kim is just days away.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after arriving in Singapore June 10, 2018. © Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS U.S. President Donald Trump waves after arriving in Singapore June 10, 2018.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pulled out of the Group of 7 joint communique Saturday night because he wanted to avoid a show of weakness before his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a White House official said Sunday.

Trump agreed with the language in the communique from the summit in Canada Friday and Saturday, but took offense at criticism of U.S. tariffs by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his news conference after Trump left early.

The president "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around ... on the eve of this," top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union."

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With a cool reception all but assured, Trump has complained to aides about even having to attend the meeting, especially since his summit with Kim is just days away. Asked what he thought of Trump 's comments that Russia should be invited back into the G - 7 , Tusk said : "It's not easy to be surprised by

With a cool reception all but assured, Trump has complained to aides about even having to attend the meeting, especially since his summit with Kim is just days away. Asked what he thought of Trump 's comments that Russia should be invited back into the G - 7 , Tusk said : "It's not easy to be surprised by

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he," Kudlow said. "Kim must not see American weakness."

The decision to back out of the communique was "in large part" because of the upcoming North Korea summit, Kudlow said.

He said Trump agreed with the fairly generic trade language in the communique drafted by the G7 leaders, who are traditionally America's closet allies.

But when Trudeau said Canada would be forced to retaliate for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum and would not agree to a sunset provision in a new North American Free Trade Agreement, "he really kind of stabbed us in the back," Kudlow said.

"We were very close to making a deal with Canada on NAFTA ... then we leave and he pulls this sophomoric political stunt for domestic consumption," Kudlow said of Trudeau.

"It's a betrayal, essentially a double-crossing," Kudlow said.

Trump said on Twitter that he would not sign the communique, calling Trudeau "very dishonest & weak" for his trade criticism.

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