G7 summit: War of words erupts between US and key alliesG7峰会分歧大 特朗普对加拿大总理展开人身攻击 时间:2018-06-12 单词数:2870
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A war of words has erupted between the US and its G7 allies, hours after the group had put on an apparent show of unity at the end of a tense summit.
US President Donald Trump continued his personal attacks against Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Germany’s Angela Merkel said Mr Trump’s decision to reject a joint communique was "sobering" and "depressing".
That statement had sought to overcome deep disagreements, notably over trade.
In recent weeks, trading partners of the US have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.
So how did the latest spat unfold?
In a news conference after the summit, the Canadian leader reasserted his opposition to the US tariffs, and vowed to press ahead with retaliatory moves on 1 July.
"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around," he said.
Mr Trump responded by tweeting en route to his next summit, in Singapore, that he had instructed US officials "not to endorse the communique as we look at tariffs on automobiles".
He said the move was based on Mr Trudeau’s "false statements... and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies".
His top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, and trade adviser, Peter Navarro, attacked Mr Trudeau earlier on Sunday news shows.
"He really kind of stabbed us in the back," Mr Kudlow said.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland responded by saying Mr Trump’s argument for imposing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminium was "absurd and frankly insulting to Canadians".
Other G7 partners also seemed stunned by Mr Trump’s reaction, and pledged to support the communique.
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