Trump threatens USA allies on trade as he exits G7 summit

10 June, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Martin Tyler
  • At the G7 summit: EU president Donald Tusk Britain's Theresa May Germany's Angela Merkel Donald Trump Justin Trudeau France's Emmanuel Macron Japan's Shinzo Abe Italy's Giuseppe Conte and European Commission chief Jean Claude Juncker

Flanked by Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow and National Security Adviser John Bolton, Trump said the ultimate goal of US trade policy was the elimination of tariffs and subsidies. Moscow has denied the allegations. The president has faced criticism at home in recent days for his softened rhetoric on Russian Federation, including his call for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the G-7 group of nations.

Russian Federation was expelled from the group four years ago as a effect to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

While Mr Trump set a combative tone before even arriving at the summit with a series of tweets about unfair trade deals, he appeared affable and joking at multiple brief photo opportunities and praised Mr Macron for helping to work out trade issues.

Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world".

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.

Trump told reporters he pressed for "fair and reciprocal" trade practices at the G-7 meeting in Canada, urging his foreign counterparts to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

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The White House says President Donald Trump will deliver a statement before departing a meeting of industrialized nations in Canada.

President Trump's remarks were so free-wheeling that the panel on MSNBC's AM Joy wondered about his "state of mind".

Speaking from China where Putin was attending a regional security summit, Peskov said that in their last telephone conversation on March 20 the Russian and United States leaders had also mentioned possibly meeting in Vienna.

Trump has invoked a U.S. national security provision to unilaterally impose tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum, to the outrage of his allies, who have retaliated with a threat of their own, more targeted, sanctions.

Such a summit would be the third such meeting of Trump and Putin since Trump took office previous year.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel said.

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Mr Tusk said: "What worries me most, however, is the fact that the rules-based global order is being challenged, surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor - the US".

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union.

He did not back away or blunt his critiques, and despite first-name references to "Angela", and "Justin", Trump did little to disguise his distrust of the worldwide consensus model of world affairs that the G-7 represents. "The relationships are very good", he added, mentioning his discussions with French and Canadian leaders specifically.

On Saturday, while diplomats wrangled in private, summit host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gathered the other leaders for a breakfast session on women's equality.

Trump contends that other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade".

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