President Donald Trump showed up nearly 20 minutes late to a session on gender equality at the G7 summit and at times appeared to be “dozing off,” The New York Times reported.
Trump also reportedly didn’t put on his headphones for translation when French President Emmanuel Macron spoke during the session. This moment is but one example of the chaos that surrounded the summit and Trump’s approach to it.
The summit was ultimately disastrous for Trump and left the US at odds with a number of its top allies, particularly Canada.
At the conclusion of the summit, Trump refused to sign the joint communique agreed on by all the leaders who attended and in a series of tweets described Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as “dishonest and weak,” accusing him of making “false statements” at a news conference.
“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump tweeted.
In a separate tweet, Trump said Trudeau had been “meek and mild” during the summit and attacked his criticism of steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico recently imposed by the US.
Peter Navarro, the president’s trade adviser, took things a step further on Sunday when he said there’s a “special place in hell” for leaders who engage in “bad-faith diplomacy” with Trump.
Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s foreign minister, responded to all of this by stating she didn’t believe “ad hominem attacks” were a particularly “appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries.”
Roland Paris, Trudeau’s former foreign affairs adviser, ripped into Trump on Twitter over his comments and demeanor during and after the G7 summit.
“Big tough guy once he’s back on his airplane. Can’t do it in person, and knows it, which makes him feel weak. So he projects these feelings onto Trudeau and then lashes out at him. You don’t need to be Freud. He’s a pathetic little man-child,” he tweeted.