Europe will implement counter-measures against US tariffs on steel and aluminium just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's abrupt decision to withdraw support for a G7 communique.
After leaving the G7 summit on Saturday, Trump accused the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "false statements" and said the USA would be imposing tariffs on vehicle imports.
The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.90 cents U.S., down from Friday's average value of 77.15 cents United States, after Trump continued his attacks on Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. He also said that because of Trudeau's comments, he instructed US trade representatives to not sign the communique the G-7 leaders had agreed upon expressing the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade".
Trump called Trudeau "very dishonest and weak" on Twitter on Saturday and then sent Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro to hammer the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close US ally and neighbor.
Although it is unclear which of Trudeau's statements Trump was calling false, Trudeau said in a news conference Saturday that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.
Trump's conduct was "actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal", Maas, a senior member of the Social Democrats (SPD), a partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition, told reporters.
Harper himself took to Fox News this weekend to criticize Trump's actions at the G-7.
Trump on Sunday arrived in Singapore, where he and Kim are to meet Tuesday to discuss that nation's nuclear arsenal.
Trump's proposal reflected an entirely free-trade approach to economics, which he said the leaders discussed.
In response, Trump tweeted on his way to Singapore that he instructed US representatives not to endorse the communique.
"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said. In an in-depth interview with German broadcaster ARD, she said that the European Union would follow in the footsteps of Canada and come up with counter-measures to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.
Navarro said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".
European officials said Mr Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.
"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".
"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said.
United States President Donald Trump on Monday (Jun 11) accepted an invitation from his Singapore counterpart Halimah Yacob to make a state visit to Singapore in November.