G7 Summit far from harmonious

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told MPs that the G7 had been

Last week, Canada hit back at Trump administration by announcing retaliatory tariffs on up to 16.6 billion Canadian dollars (12.8 billion US dollars) worth of USA steel and aluminum as well as a diverse list of other products.

Tweeting from Singapore where he's scheduled to hold a nuclear summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, Trump wrote: "Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".

European allies on Monday backed Trudeau in the spat with Trump and stressed that they will retaliate against the US tariffs with duties on USA goods. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said on Fox's "Sunday Morning Futures", given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

"The answer is simple: yes, we will obviously work with all members of this House to stand up for Canadian workers", LeBlanc said.

Trump responded to the Canadian prime minster's news conference by tweeting that because of Trudeau's statement, he would not sign the communique that the G-7 nations had drafted at the summit.

Querying which of the summit's two main protagonists the prime minister backs, Tory MP Crispin Blunt simply asked: "Trudeau or Trump?"

Trump and Trudeau have been at odds ever since the United States announced in late May that Canada will no longer be exempt from steel and aluminum tariffs, a decision that Trudeau described as "totally unacceptable".

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Trudeau, on the June 3 episode of NBC's "Meet the Press", uses stronger words to characterize Trump's tariffs - "The idea that Canadian steel that's in military vehicles in the United States, that makes your fighter jets is somehow now a threat. the idea that we are somehow a national security threat to the United States is quite frankly insulting and unacceptable". "Least of all from subordinates of the president directed at the prime minister of their greatest friend and ally", he said.

Earlier, the White House escalated the unprecedented criticism against Trudeau, branding him a back-stabber unworthy of Trump's time.

Now what Kudlow says is that Canada as a middle power and Justin Trudeau somehow has the ability to knock the feet from under Donald Trump and put the talks with North Korean a different kind of light than how they'd normally be by simply standing up to Canada and saying that these tariffs are unfair. Seemingly confused by Trump's fury, Trudeau's office said in a statement that "the prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations with the president".

But the response by USA lawmakers, business executives and officials falls short of the concerted and effective nationwide pressure campaign Canadian officials had hoped would be launched if a major threat developed. Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "very dishonest & weak". "He's not going to allow the people to suddenly take pot shots at him".

Kudlow's and Navarro's comments come on the heels of a tense G7 summit that left relations with US allies even more fractured than before.

I guess he also did us a favour by imposing steel and aluminum tariffs.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said. "I'm unconcerned about our capacity to continue to do what we need to do". The G-7 also includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

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