Recriminations, threats between US and allies continue after collapse of G7 summit
12 June 2018
In the wake of the acrimonious collapse of this weekend’s Group of Seven summit in Quebec, US President Donald Trump and his top aides have escalated their attacks on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the European Union, threatening to launch tariffs on auto exports on top of already implemented tariffs on steel and aluminum products.
There is an unprecedented level of acrimony and division following the first outright failure in a long line of summits held since 1975. This points to a fundamental and irreparable breakdown of the post-World War II economic order that was erected by the United States, and the plunge of world capitalism into a global trade war, with incalculable consequences.
Following two days of tense and often bitter discussions, Trump suddenly withdrew his endorsement of a G7 communique that had been drafted to paper over the deepening rift between Washington and the other G7 powers. He fired off tweets from Air Force One on his way to the Singapore summit with Kim Jung-un, denouncing Trudeau as a liar and weakling, following the Canadian prime minister’s end-of-summit press conference.
Trump, who arrived at the summit late and left early, skipping a session on climate change, held a press conference before he left in which he repeated his attacks on Canada and Europe for alleged unfair trade practices, complaining that the other G7 countries treated the US like “a piggy bank that everybody is robbing.”
Trudeau began his news conference by announcing that a communiqué had been signed by all seven heads of government—representing Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, Canada and the US. That statement evoked applause from…