Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump and French President Macron meet at at the G7 Summit

Trump and French President Macron meet at at the G7 Summit

Leaving the Group of Seven Summit for Singapore, President Trump tweeted that he has instructed USA representatives to not endorse a joint communique issued by the G-7 leaders.

Over the course of his presidency, Trump has inflamed allies with his isolationist policies, including withdrawing the USA from the Paris climate accord and the global Iran nuclear agreement.

The president also offered reassurance that Canada and the USA have made progress in their trade dispute over his administration's punishing steel and aluminum tariffs on all the other G7 members.

"The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president", Trudeau's Office said in a statement released on Twitter.

But Trump did not totally change course, adding that the current tariffs were necessary as a reciprocal action in response to various barriers erected by other nations.

Trump again railed against trade deficits with other countries and repeated that he may pursue separate negotiations with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the U.S. market if they retaliate to his tariffs.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing", Trump said.

While numerous barbs have been directed at Donald Trump, the United States president has given as good as he got.

The remarks, following a two-day meeting in Canada with the world's largest industrialized economies, were among the most strident Trump has used to describe what he sees as an out-of-whack global trade system that he says harms US industries.

According to multiple reports, Trump brought up the idea of totally free trade during a meeting with the other G7 leaders which include the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and representative for the EU. He said other world leaders reacted positively to the idea.

The tensions surrounding the tariffs underscore what appears to be a growing distance between the USA and its allies over Trump's isolationist policies, including his decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate accord in 2017 and the Iran nuclear deal in May.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". "While sending their product into our country tax free".

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose ..."

Trump is painting a highly inaccurate tariff picture - wrongly suggesting everyone else has high tariffs while United States has none. A source within the French presidency said Trump's proposal did not seem "coherent", and that it would be discussed in Quebec.

Over the course of the summit, the President pushed the narrative that the a victim of a trade imbalance, though European leaders rejected these claims. "Trade", Trump wrote in a pair of tweets.

The Prime Minister said she had used the event as a chance to register the UK's "deep disappointment" with President Trump's plans.

Trump addressed a wide range of concerns in comments to the press before leaving the G7 meeting in Canada.

Trudeau and his fellow G7 leaders will try to persuade Trump to reverse the duties when they meet him during the summit.

"It was Trump who transformed a simple handshake into a weird vomit inducing act of machismo: yanking the other person, & holding on for a very long time".

"#G7Charlevoix, second day: A new step has been taken".

"We stick to the communique as agreed by all participants", a European official said on condition of anonymity.

The G7 also committed to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements and to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible, the document said.

But, Sasse cautioned, "the path to more trade begins with less whining on the global stage".

"The constant victim-talk doesn't help anyone", he continued.

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