The European Commission’s chief spokesperson Margaritis Schinas reiterated the bloc’s full support for a communiqué issued at the end of the weekend’s G7 meeting saying the bloc remained commented to the group of to industrialised nation’s pledge to uphold an international rules-based system on trade.
The European Union on Monday backed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after US President Donald J. Trump branded the youthful and popular Trudeau as “dishonest” and “weak” following the G7 meeting.
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018
That statement was followed by another of Trump’s Tweets in which he further criticised close all Canada and its leadership for profiting from their trade agreement with the US.
Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal. According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with U.S. (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B. Tax Dairy from us at 270%. Then Justin acts hurt when called out!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is set to debrief Commissioners about the G7 and underline the commitment made by the EU in the communiqué to “continue to stand up for an international rules-based multilateral system. Europe will always be driven by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and the respect of human rights, and we will continue to be at the heart of the global agenda, promoting jobs, growth, free and fair trade, clean environment, gender equality, and development aid.”
Asked whether Juncker agrees with Trump in calling Trudeau ‘a liar’, Schinas said that “the EU stand fully behind the communiqué agreed in Charlevoix,” and thanked Trudeau on behalf of the Commission for hosting the summit
The EU will take “all necessary actions” to protect its interests following Trump’s last minute antics which saw him withdraw his support for the consensus built during that summit between the seven world leaders.
“After two days of intense negotiations and an even longer preparatory process at Sherpa level, the text reflects the values and policies that the EU stands for ant that will continue to defend with our partners.”