Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Departing shots from Trump plunge fractious G7 summit into failure

Departing shots from Trump plunge fractious G7 summit into failure

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

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and G7 leaders Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Donald Trump discuss the joint statement following a breakfast meeting on the second day of the G7 meeting in Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

The president said the US was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal. Trump insisted. "That would be the ultimate thing, whether or not that works, but I did suggest it". Or we'll stop trading with them.

"Russia should be in this meeting, why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in this meeting?' Trump said".

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", he said.

"I blame our leaders and I congratulate leaders of other countries for taking advantage of our leaders", Trump said. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing and that ends".

In response, Trump clapped back against Trudeau on Twitter, writing - without calling Trudeau out by name - "The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies".

In a statement issued following Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau said he remained focus on what was accomplished at the G7 summit.

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Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 summit with fellow leaders, and in his face-to-face talk with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

He also defended the wisdom of his controversial tariffs, saying that the USA would win a trade war against its allies because "they do so much more business with us than we do with them".

But, he said, the US could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way.

A German government official said the plan would see direct talks between the European Union and the U.S. start straight away, and last around two weeks, focused on how much, or whether, European Union trade policy endangers USA national security interests.

He said the country won't hesitate to impose its own retaliatory tariffs.

Trump, who is on his way to Singapore for a summit with North Korea's leader, also reiterated warnings that his administration was mulling tariffs "on automobiles flooding the United States market" in a move that would be primarily aimed at another G7 member, Germany.

Trump is issuing a stern warning to foreign countries not to retaliate against USA tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum.

And he said he had told Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

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