Sunday, June 10, 2018
At night Norwegian time, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he has asked the country’s representatives not to sign the final declaration after the G7 summit. Senior scientist Hege is not surprised and calls at the same time the president’s behavior for “bullied”.
On Friday a highly divided G7 – consisting of Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States, as well as the EU – is gathered in Quebec. Later in the day, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the countries had agreed on a final declaration on all issues outside of climate. In the eight-page end-declaration, the G7 countries promise, among other things, fighting protectionism, preventing Iran from receiving nuclear weapons and modernizing the World Trade Organization (WTO).
After the meeting, Donald Trump twittered what could not be interpreted as other than that he believed the meeting had been successful. – Just went from the G7 meeting in beautiful Canada. Good meetings and relationships with the six heads of state, he wrote.
A couple of hours later the tone was different. Tonight, Trump wrote on Twitter that he has asked the country’s representatives not to sign the final statement after the G7 summit. He also challenged Justin Trudeau and called him too weak and cowardly.
The reason for the Twitter statements was that Trudeau at a press conference after the meeting should have promised to introduce similar penalties imposed by the United States against Canada from 1 July. The promise came after Trump warned the other G7 countries against such countermeasures.
Senior researcher at NUPI Hege Medin, is not surprised at the US President’s release.
– Trump’s last statement in which he instructs the US representatives to withdraw support on the G7 countries agreed on is not surprising. It is in the line of Trump’s actions that contribute to weakening the international institutions for cooperation, “Medin said.