France slams Donald Trump for tearing up G7 agreement just hours after signing

The US President was so incensed by comments made on trade by Canadian PM Justin Trudeau that he pulled the US out of the joint communique he had signed just hours earlier on Saturday.

Mr Trump then launched a Twitter tirade against Mr Trudeau – branding him “dishonest and weak”.

It is the first time the summit of the world’s seven most powerful nations has ended without a joint communique.

Mr Macron attacked Mr Trump’s decision – saying international co-operation “cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks”.

German foreign minister Heiko Maas blasted: “In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters.”


But Washington defended the President’s decision – and placed the blame on the Canadian PM for “stabbing us in the back” by using his closing press conference to criticise Mr Trump’s steel tariffs.

The fiery summit of G7 leaders in Quebec had ended with a much-amended joint statement agreeing to pursue “free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment” and said they would “continue to fight protectionism”. It followed through-the-night negotiations.

But closing the summit, host Mr Trudeau infuriated Mr Trump by saying the leaders had taken part in “strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically on American tariffs.”

It sparked a furious response from Mr Trump – and just hours after signing up to the much-amended text, he announced his U-turn on Twitter on board Air Force One.

He wrote: “Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!”

Mr Trump added: “PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.”

"Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”

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