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

Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada’s G7 summit

Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada’s G7 summit

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.

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump's personal attack on Trudeau is unprecedented in the countries' longstanding relationship. Later, the document was made public.

Kudlow accused Canada Sunday of making polarizing comments about the United States' trade policy, and said that Trump had to pull out of the joint scommunique because the Canadian prime minister has "stabbed us in the back".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders' summit, which is wrapping up Saturday.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

"When we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly", she said at a news conference.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.

The US president is en route to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump described as a "mission of peace".

"Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau had told reporters as he reiterated that Canada would retaliate against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum, adding Trump's rationale had been insulting.

As well as criticising the tariffs, Mrs May also opposed Mr Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations.

In a photo released by the German Federal Government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands surrounded by other leaders as she peers down at President Donald Trump, who is seated with his arms crossed and returns her gaze.

All the G7 nations have agreed at their summit in Canada on the importance of a "rules-based trading system", despite tensions with the US.

Failing to get an exemption from the Trump administration new and controversial 25% and 10% tariff on steel and aluminum imports, India went to the World Trade Organization (WTO) late May and sought "consultation" with the United States, a necessary first step in any dispute settlement process at the global body. "We're not looking to play games", Trump said.

Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect USA industry and workers from unfair global competition as part of his "America First" agenda. Free trade is "the way it should be", he said.

But the president batted away rumors the summit had been rife with tensions between the USA and other nations, The Hill reported.

Trudeau announced Saturday, following the conclusion of the G-7 summit, that he plans to move forward with retaliatory tariffs in direct response to Trump's controversial new tariffs. "And if it's not fixed, then we're not going to deal with these countries".

In retrospect, the consensus had appeared shaky from the outset, and even as Trump flew out it was clear that the summit had failed to heal the rift on trade.

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