And Then There Were Six
The president of the United States continues to burn bridges with international allies following the G7 summit, which may very well be the G6 from here on out.
Even before the summit began, the U.S. president made it very clear that he would not be present for the entire event, and that he planned on leaving before a meeting regarding climate change and the U.S. president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.
He also heavily recommended allowing Russia to rejoin the group despite the fact that they were expelled after invading Ukraine and illegally annexing Crimea in 2014.
And once it was over, things only got worse.
After hosting a news conference prior to his departure for Singapore and the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in which he said the summit was a “10 out of 10,” the president took to Twitter to rake Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau through the coals.
“Chris, there’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. And that’s what ‘bad-faith Justin Trudeau’ did with that stunt press conference. That’s what weak, dishonest Justin Trudeau did. And that comes right from Air Force One. And I’ll tell you this: To my friends in Canada, that was one of the worst political miscalculations of a Canadian leader in modern Canadian history.” — Navarro
Navarro made his comments on Sunday during an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News.
All of this is in response to Trudeau letting the U.S. president know that retaliation against the steel and aluminum tariffs recently put in place is not out of the realm of possibility.
“I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do. Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.” — Trudeau
The president also announced that he would not sign the joint communique, which is a list of agreements to be signed by all parties.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the decision “sobering and a bit depressing.”
Following the summit, a photo of the president of the United States, flanked by National Security Advisor John Bolton and facing down the other six parties of the G7 quickly went viral as an encapsulation of today’s political climate.