Germany, France blast Donald Trump over Group of Seven U-turn

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Trudeau said Trump's citing of "national security" as a reason for the levies being imposed was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their USA allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1 applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applies to us", Trudeau said at a press conference closing the summit.

Trudeau had announced that the G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the US - had agreed upon a joint communiqué, or formal statement, after a hard week on trade issues.

Trump responded to Trudeau's comments, tweeting the United States would not endorse the joint communique from the G7 Summit and accusing Trudeau of making "false statements" about their talks.

Peter Navarro watches as President Donald Trump speaks before signing Section 232 proclamations on steel and aluminum imports in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 8, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

He added: "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around". The document, however, also included a pro-free-trade message at odds with Trump's new tariffs, declaring: "We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this", Kudlow said, using an acronym for president of the United States.

Harper added that, "it just seems to me this is the wrong target, and from what I understand of American public opinion, I don't think even Trump supporters think the Canadian trade relationship is a problem". Trudeau told reporters that the statement was supported by every member, but Trump's Twitter message Saturday withdrew US support for the communique.

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Sunday he is unsure why the Trump administration is heavily focused on trade relations with Canada, being that the northern neighbor is one of the strongest allies of the U.S.

"And that's what bad faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference", he continued.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the final communique had been agreed by all the seven countries.

Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, lashed out at Trudeau as "amateurish" and "sophomoric" for a news conference the prime minister gave after Trump left the G7 summit on Saturday. "Trudeau stuck our president in the back and that will not stand".

Trump said he pushed for the elimination of trade barriers, including subsidies and tariffs, at the G-7 meeting.

Any NAFTA deal will have a sunset provision of some kind, Trump said Saturday, though he indicated some people are pushing against a five-year time frame.

"Simply put, the European Union invests more in the United States, buys more American services and employs more American workers than the other way around", the letter states.

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