In a stunning reversal, the U-S President is pulling his country’s endorsement of the joint statement the G-7 leaders all agreed to at the close of their Quebec summit. Donald Trump tweeted his decision from aboard Air Force One as he headed to Singapore for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump said he changed his mind about the statement after hearing Justin Trudeau’s post summit news conference where Trudeau announced Canada would not be pushed around and reiterated Canada’s plan to impose retaliatory duties.
The Liberal government announced it would impose more than 16.6-billion dollars in retaliatory tariffs, effective July 1st, on a variety of U-S goods. Mexico and the European Union have also planned retaliatory tariff packages. Trump says that would be a bad idea. After the summit, in a storm of tweets, Trump called Trudeau dishonest and weak.