Feinstein: Trump made 'big mistake' in not signing G-7 communique

Feinstein: Trump made 'big mistake' in not signing G-7 communique
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Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump, Putin meet under cloud of Mueller’s Russia indictments Dems launch pressure campaign over migrant families California Dems endorse progressive challenger over Feinstein MORE (D-Calif.) on Sunday lamented President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE's decision not to sign a joint statement issued by all members of the Group of Seven (G-7) this weekend after he clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"It seems to me, not to sign a statement of solidarity, which stands for everything we stand for, is a big mistake," Feinstein said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I understand the president was upset. The president could have said that. But to walk away from our allies in this way, I think, is a mistake," she added.


Trump riled U.S. allies over the weekend during his appearance at the G-7 summit in Quebec, Canada.

The president prompted concerns of a trade war after doubling down on his decision to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Trudeau said in a press conference after Trump had departed for Singapore that Canada would "not be pushed around," and vowed to implement retaliatory tariffs.

Trump responded by calling Trudeau "dishonest & weak," and said he would no longer sign off on the joint communique that is traditionally issued by all G-7 member nations at the end of the summit.

Feinstein warned Sunday that Trump's decision could undermine the U.S.'s history as a global leader. She suggested the president views documents like the G-7 communique as "not being very important."

"We don't want to stand alone in the world. We need to stand with our democratic allies," she said. "Now, will there be differences of opinion, will we not like a statement that one or the other makes? Of course. But that doesn't mean you reject what the G-7 stands for and just move out and ignore it."