US President Donald Trump has retracted his endorsement of the joint communiqué issued at the end of the G7 summit, accusing Canada of “dishonesty”.
He said that other countries were imposing “massive tariffs” on the US.
The joint communiqué, advocating a “rules-based trading system”, was reached despite tension over US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed afterwards to press ahead with retaliatory tariffs on 1 July.
Speaking at a news conference, he described as “insulting” Donald Trump’s decision to invoke national security concerns to justify steel and aluminum tariffs.
The EU said it would stick to the joint communiqué despite Trump’s decision.
All the G7 nations have agreed on the importance of a “rules-based trading system”, despite tensions with the US.
Soon after the joint statement was announced, the US President tweeted defiantly about not allowing “other countries to impose massive tariffs and trade barriers on its own farmers, workers and companies”.
However Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to go ahead with retaliatory tariffs on the US after what he described as President Trump’s “insulting” decision to invoke national security concerns to justify the levy on steel and aluminum.