Trump pulls out of joint G-7 statement, attacks Trudeau

2018-06-10 07:19
Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, looks to the audience during his special address on corporate responsibility and the role of women in a changing world during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Markus Schreiber, AP)

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, looks to the audience during his special address on corporate responsibility and the role of women in a changing world during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos. (Markus Schreiber, AP)

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La Malbaie — The annual G-7 summit appeared to have weathered tensions over President Donald Trump's threats of a tariff-fueled trade war until the mercurial American pulled out of a joint statement while citing "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

It was an unprecedented attack on the leader of the US neighbour and ally.

Trump was aboard Air Force One heading to an historic summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un when he issued a pair of tweets  on Saturday criticising the G-7 host and stepping back from the generally positive tone that had ended the two-day meeting.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

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