Donald Trump spent the entire G7 Summit embarrassing himself and the United States, and alienating himself from key U.S. allies in the process, while absurdly pushing for Russia to be added to the G7. But when it was all over, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that all seven leaders – including Trump – had signed a communique condemning Russia. Trump then insisted this wasn’t true, and began viciously attacking Trudeau. That’s when Senator John McCain decided to intervene.
On Saturday evening, Trudeau announced to the media that all seven G7 leaders had signed this statement: “We condemn the attack using a military grade nerve agent in Salisbury, United Kingdom. We share and agree with the United Kingdom’s assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation was responsible for the attack, and that there is no plausible alternative explanation.”
Less than an hour later, Trump jumped on Twitter and announced that he was not signing the statement, even though he had apparently already done so. Trump went on to accuse Trudeau of being a liar, while also calling him “meek and mild” and “very dishonest & weak.” This set off instant controversy. Trump had been jawing at Trudeau for days, but this was a new low, even for Trump, turning the G7 into a full blown scandal and international incident.
Not long after, John McCain took to Twitter to push back against Donald Trump, tweeting “To our allies: bipartisan majorities of Americans remain pro-free trade, pro-globalization & supportive of alliances based on 70 years of shared values. Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t.” McCain, who is terminally ill, has made clear that he does not want Trump at his funeral, and he instead invited President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush to deliver his eulogy.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report