Norwegian prime minister: U.S. economy is losing global influence

Norwegian prime minister: U.S. economy is losing global influence

Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg said on Monday that the U.S. economy is losing its global influence. 

“It’s important to remember that the U.S. isn’t the same driving force as it used to be,” Solberg said in an interview, according to Bloomberg News. “The world economy has more legs to stand on and there are far more economies that are growing.”

Solberg's comments come amid increased tensions between the U.S. and its western allies on trade after President TrumpDonald John TrumpSasse: Trump shouldn't dignify Putin with Helsinki summit Top LGBT group projects message onto Presidential Palace in Helsinki ahead of Trump-Putin summit Hillary Clinton to Trump ahead of Putin summit: 'Do you know which team you play for?' MORE imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminum. 

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Trump on Saturday said the U.S. would not sign the standard Group of Seven (G-7) communique following last week's summit, and U.S. officials suggested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had double-crossed the president by saying one thing in private and another publicly.

The president went on to threaten further tariffs against the U.S. ally and neighbor. 

"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!" the president said in a tweet.

Solberg attended the G-7 as a special guest last week and said she was able to have a dialogue with U.S. officials on her work on the world's oceans and other issues. 

“Underlying it all, I experienced the G-7 summit as a meeting where we moved forward on many important issues, including those I was present at," she said. “Even though Trump didn’t participate, the Americans were present and gave clear signals and messages about the need to put efforts into the oceans and other issues.”