Expert: Trump Polarizing Nations

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The Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) Senior Research Fellow Arne Melchior gives comment that the United States has gained support for its G7 stance, and that such support is an expression of the polarization & conflict arising from the actions of United States President Donald J. Trump.


Trump drew support after Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized the steel & aluminum penalties recently imposed by the United States, saying that Canada will introduce countermeasures to Trump’s tariffs.

Commenting to the Norwegian news agency NTB about the political brouhaha and the resulting ramifications upon international diplomatic communications,Melchior said; “It’s a new confirmation of the conflict that has built up in recent months.” –

“The outcome of the meeting is also an expression of the changeability and lack of stability seen under Trump. There was consensus on a U.S. statement, but Trump then retracted after Trudeau’s retaliatory statements upon U.S. tariffs.” – said Melchior.

Yesterday, White House financial adviser Peter Navarro spoke of the interplay between the U.S. & Canada’s Trudeau, saying; “There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with Donald 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.” – stated Navarro.

President Trump’s financial adviser Larry Kudlow accused yesterday, June 10th that Trudeau “stabbed” the US in the back, saying Minister Trudeau “really kind of stabbed us in the back” when Trudeau said at the end of the Group of Seven summit that Canada wouldn’t be pushed around by the US and its trade tariffs.

At issue are U.S. tariffs against Canada and Trudeau’s resulting effort to retaliate against its neighbor, along with Minister Trudeau’s comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G7 meeting.

Navarro called the G7 joint declaration a “socialist communique”.

Kudlow told CNN that Trudeau has done a “great disservice” to the G7 by saying
Canada had to stand for itself and that the U.S. was responsible for the problem with tariffs.

The joint G7 statement from the leaders of US, France, Germany, UK, Japan, Italy
& Canada comes after US President Donald Trump refused to refute his decision to enact tariffs on steel & aluminium imports as a part of his so-called “America First” strategy.

Speaking of the verbal volley between the nations after the G7 meeting, NUPI’s Melchior stated; “The current status has become a suppression of international diplomacy. Negotiations & diplomacy exist to resolve conflicts. It’s absolutely exceptional to have these kinds of personal attacks within diplomacy.”

The ‘Group of Seven’ (G7) is a group of seven nations representing the seven largest economies in the world, representing more than 60% of global net wealth, and is comprised of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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