Summit Communiqué: 'Sustainable Development,' 'Women's Empowerment,' 'Level Playing Field'

By Susan Jones | June 11, 2018 | 10:36am EDT
G-7 world leaders pose for their official photo at the beginning of the 2018 G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada. (Photo: Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - The Charlevoix G7 Summit Communiqué that President Trump is now refusing to endorse reads like a United Nations document with phrases such as "sustainable development," "gender equality and women's empowerment," "fair" and "progressive" tax systems, a "level playing field, "affordable healthcare," a "healthy planet," and "quality work environments."

Six of the seven G7 nations -- excluding the United States -- "reaffirmed their strong commitment" to implement the Paris climate agreement, "through ambitious climate action," which includes reducing emissions, and "reducing vulnerability."

The document makes 27 points, laid out in five sections, as follows: Investing in Growth that Works for Everyone; Preparing for Jobs of the Future; Advancing Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment; Building a More Peaceful and Secure World; and Working Together on Climate Change, Oceans and Clean Energy.

The final point, number 28, comes in the concluding section, which reads: "We share the responsibility of working together to stimulate sustainable economic growth that benefits everyone, in particular, those most at risk of being left behind."

The entire document is found here.

President Trump, in two tweets on Saturday, expressed anger at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after Trudeau told a news conference that he would impose retaliatory tariffs on the United States. But the summit communique says the G-7 nations will "strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies."

Trump furiously tweeted:

--"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!"

-- "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

President Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, speaking about the commuique, said: "You know, you never get everything you want. There are compromises along the way. President Trump played that process in good faith.

So, I ask you, he gets up in the airplane and leaves. And then Trudeau starts blasting him in a domestic news conference? I'm sorry. It is a betrayal. That is a double-cross,"  Kudlow told CNN's "State of the Union."

"It pains me because I like Trudeau. I was working with him. We were together putting words on paper. I'm changing 'the's' to 'a's' when it comes to reforming the international (trade) system. They all agreed."


On his way to the G-7 summit on Friday, President Trump said Russia should be readmitted to the G-7, making it the G-8, as it used to be.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run, and at the G-7, which used to be the G-8, they threw Russia out. They should let Russia back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table," Trump said.

In the summit communique, under the "Building a More Peaceful and Secure World" section, point number 17 deals with Russia:

We urge Russia to cease its destabilizing behaviour to undermine democratic systems and its support of the Syrian regime. 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. We urge Russia to live up to its international obligations, as well as its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, to uphold international peace and security. Notwithstanding, we will continue to engage with Russia on addressing regional crises and global challenges, where it is in our interests. We reiterate our condemnation of the illegal annexation of Crimea and reaffirm our enduring support for Ukrainian sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally-recognized borders. We maintain our commitment to assisting Ukraine in implementing its ambitious and necessary reform agenda. We recall that the continuation of sanctions is clearly linked to Russia's failure to demonstrate complete implementation of its commitments in the Minsk Agreements and respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and we fully support the efforts within the Normandy Format and of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe for a solution to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Should its actions so require, we also stand ready to take further restrictive measures in order to increase costs on Russia. We remain committed to support Russian civil society and to engage and invest in people-to-people contact.

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