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

Trump talks tariffs, NAFTA and G7 relationships as he leaves summit early

Trump talks tariffs, NAFTA and G7 relationships as he leaves summit early

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sniped about "stragglers" after Mr Trump was late to a breakfast session on gender equality.

President Donald Trump leaves after holding a press conference ahead of his early departure from the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.

Trump was last to arrive for the G7 working breakfast, walking into the room when the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had almost finished his welcome and presentation speech, Efe reported.

In a second tweet, Mr. Trump said: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around" Very dishonest and weak.

Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the USA president tweeted. At his closing press conference as the summit's chair, Trudeau announced all G-7 nations had worked hard to finalize a joint statement, which largely committed the nations to keep talking on trade.

The noise of Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the U.S. television series MASH.

The US president repeated his call for Vladimir Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table.

The announcements come as Mr. Trump seeks to make headway on the deep USA trade deficit, saying the country has been taken advantage of for too long, and he is fighting back.

It is an annual summit bringing together Canada, the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany, which represent more than 60% of global net worth between them. "He's sticking to his guns, and he's going to talk to them".

With Trump rejecting those compromises and turning his back on an agreement, can the G7 remain intact?

There was no immediate reaction from the Canadian government on Trump's tweets.

Nafta was a key topic when Trump held a bilateral meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, with Trump later saying they had a "very, very good meeting on Nafta".

Trump's bombshell tweet came after G7 nations appeared to have papered over the cracks in their alliance at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, where Trump defiantly brandished his "America First" agenda. "Canadians are polite, we are reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around".

"Canada can't believe they got away with it", Mr. Trump said.

Trump himself told reporters on Saturday that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G7 allies a "10". But Trump's abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing the same type of tough talk on trade as when he departed the White House, when he accused Trudeau of being "indignant". A frenzied effort last month to reach a deal that could pass the current U.S. Congress by the end of this year has stalled, in part after Trudeau's final push ran up against Trump's insistence on a five-year sunset clause that would see the pact renegotiated or killed after five years. Macron said Thursday on Twitter, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".

In 2014, Russian Federation was ousted from the then Group of 8 after annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

But Trump's outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed, and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large United States market.

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