- ‘Destroying Trust with 280 Twitter Characters’ – France and Germany Rally Against Trump
France and Germany have scolded President Trump for making a sudden U-turn after he rejected the key document of the G7 summit, jointly adopted just a day earlier. Trump’s move came after clashing with Canadian PM on trade.
Upon leaving the summit in Charlevoix, Canada, the US president had publicly lashed out at Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter. Trump called him “meek” and “mild” during the G7 talks, and said he asked Congress not to endorse the joint final communiqué adopted on the meeting.
Trump’s outburst quickly raised eyebrows in Europe. “In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 twitter characters,” German foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday. He added that Trump behavior is “not a real surprise”, given his previous decisions to back out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and the 2015 Paris climate accord.
France were also disappointed with the US leader’s rejection of the G7 joint communiqué. “International cooperation cannot be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks,” the office of the French president Emmanuel Macron told AFP in a statement on Sunday. It added that recanting the endorsement of the main document adopted by all G7 members showed “incoherence and inconsistency”.