France blasts 'fits of anger' after Trump's G7 turnaround
June 10, 2018
The French president’s office has said there is no place for anger and insults in international cooperation. The Elysee Palace issued its statement after US President Donald Trump torpedoed a G7 summit agreement.
French President Emmanuel Macron's office on Sunday stressed the need for calm heads after the G7 summit ended in a fiasco in the Canadian town of Charlevoix.
Macron's office stressed that France and Europe maintained their support for the communique, saying there was no place for anger on the circuit of international diplomacy.
"International cooperation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks," the Elysee Palace said.
"Let's be serious and worthy of our people. We make commitments and keep them," the presidency said, adding that "France and Europe maintain their support for this statement."
The office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel also said it stood by the communique.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday the US president's tweets had destroyed trust and Europe should answer by staying even closer together: "It's actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal," Maas said about Trump's decision.
"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 twitter characters," Maas remarked, while it would take much longer to rebuild it.
Trump lashes out at Trudeau
Trump's change of heart appeared to have been invoked by Trudeau's comments on Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs against Canada and other allies. Trudeau said Trump's citing of "national security" as a reason for the levies being imposed was "kind of insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their US allies in conflicts dating back to World War I.
The statement that Trump reneged on was also signed by the heads of government of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, all of which have also been hit by the US tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum.
The communique signed by the leaders agreed on the need for "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.