Trump Leaves G-7 Summit With A Call To End 'Unfair' Trade

Sergio Conner
June 10, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared to attempt a lighthearted moment at the G-7 Summit on Friday when he presented President Donald Trump with a framed photograph of a hotel and brothel once owned by Trump's grandfather in the Canadian province of British Columbia, the Washington Examiner reported. The president, who told reporters that the meeting was "not contentious", is scheduled to fly directly to Singapore, where a much-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un awaits.

US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has asked US representatives not to endorse the joint statement put out by the Group of Seven leaders after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

"And we're not going to be able to do that work when our retaliatory tariffs, which are real, they're significant", Morneau said in a Saturday interview.

The series of snubs and demands from Trump - in combination with other long-simmering disagreements with key USA allies - prompted speculation that the US would be left out of the joint communique with the other G-7 leaders.

"He must mean there are 10 things on which we totally disagree", the diplomat said.

In another tweet, Trump said he's "looking forward to seeing" Macron and Trudeau and accused them of "charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". Macron told reporters that while Trump may not mind USA isolation, "neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be".

He has called Trump's imposition of the tariffs "irresponsible" and "insulting" because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.

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"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". Russian Federation was expelled from the group - which now includes France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Speaking on Saturday during a rare news conference, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat between Macron and Trump on a sofa, while Trudeau sat to the left of the USA president.

In recent weeks, he has imposed a number of punitive tariffs on the European Union and Canada, which only served to heighten the tension between the USA and its allies that has been brewing since Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

The president has been a disruptive force for the global trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the USA with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion.

Asked whether she was concerned the President could pull out of the trip if a trade war with the European Union escalates, Mrs May said Mr Trump had said was looking forward to the trip. The United States' closest trading partners - the EU, Canada and Mexico - have vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on scores of U.S. products beginning in the coming weeks.

The White House also announced he would cut short his time at the two-day summit and leave on Saturday morning. Mexico slapped a 25% import tariff on US steel products, as well as 20% on pork products, 25% on bourbon and duties on other agricultural goods including cranberries.

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