The diplomatic world was left flabbergasted this weekend after US President Donald Trump caused havoc at the annual G7 summit in Canada, insulting his host Justin Trudeau before jetting off halfway across the world to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un without a specific agenda for the discussions.
The G7 summit came after the Trump administration decided last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico, which has drawn strong opposition from USA business community and quick retaliation from major us trading partners.
World leaders at the summit believed they had a deal until the U.S. president pulled out of the previously agreed communique, which represented a minimal show of unity amid deep disagreements between Trump and the other leaders over trade.
In recent weeks, trading partners of the USA have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration. In a tweet sent Sunday while en route to Singapore, Trump pointed specifically to Canada's 270% tariff on dairy the origin of his frustrations with Canada. In his turn, Trump announced that the United States would be looking to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.
"This weekend, certainly if you care about America's place in the world, had to be one of the most concerning, certainly, and I'll just say the most depressing, in Donald Trump's year-and-a-half in office", Scarborough said on "Morning Joe" while introducing James Stavridis, chief global security and diplomacy analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. "Kim must not see American weakness".
"The president will continue to say what he says", he said of Trump.
Trudeau said Canada planned to retaliate after the Trump administration announced tariffs last month that will be coming as of July 1.
The joint statement says the leaders of the US, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, and Canada "acknowledge free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade is a key engine for growth and jobs", and commits the G7 to modernise the World Trade Organisation. "We make commitments and keep to them". "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements.
"Then (Canadian Prime Minister) Justin (Trudeau) acts hurt when called out!" The EU's decision to hit back with retaliatory tariffs was indicative that EU members "won't let ourselves be repeatedly taken advantage of", she said.
"The U.S pays close to the entire cost of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost - and laugh!)", he tweeted.
At his closing G7 news conference, Trudeau once again refers to the national-security premise behind the tariffs as "kind of insulting" and then explains Canada's retaliation - "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".
"Not fair to the PEOPLE of America! $800 billion trade deficit", he said.