G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade

08 June, 2018, 08:34 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The Trump administration is asking for countries to comply with the U.S.in its comprehensive trade reforms to resolve any concerns of a potential trade war.

French President Emmanuel Macron, who has invested in a warm personal relationship with Trump, said the other G7 nations - Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as France - should remain "polite" and productive but warned that "no leader is forever", a sign that Europe would not surrender meekly to the U.S. president.

Trump has threatened to use national security laws to do the same for vehicle imports and has walked back on environmental agreements and an global deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

"A 20% tariff eliminates our ability to compete effectively in Mexico", said Jim Heimerl, the trade group's president and a pork producer from Johnstown, Ohio. Macron, who signaled closer ties with Trudeau ahead of the summit, rebuked Trump and likened him to a rogue leader.

British Prime Minister Theresa May urged the European Union to stick to World Trade Organization rules and to ensure that any response to the tariffs was proportionate.

The European Union plans to follow through on its threat to slap new tariffs on US goods. He added that Trump's "unacceptable actions are going to harm his own citizens".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 7, 2018.

But Canada, which is a country that buys more United States goods and services than it exports here, also will put tariffs on a wide variety of consumer products, ranging from ballpoint pens and dishwasher detergent to toilet paper and playing cards.

Macron has previously accused China of pursuing hegemony in Asia.

Gauthier, who worked in the aluminum industry for 31 years before his retirement, said people in the region want to be like "cousins" with the Americans and take part in free trade for the benefit of both countries. "I believe in cooperation and multilateralism because I will resist hegemony with all my strength".

Trudeau said he has been "blunt" in private conversations with Trump and said the two-day G7 gathering is a chance for more "frank" discussions.

"Our common goal is to try to find a text that can be signed by everyone".

It's safe to say this is going to be one interesting trip.

The statement, the official added, would accept no language about Iran not respecting the terms of the nuclear accord or any condemnation of the agreement.

The "American president" doesn't seem to "mind being isolated", Macron tweeted Thursday.

"We are all engaged in conflicts in Syria, in Iraq, in the Sahel, in different places in the world".

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone. For me it's a question of principle".

While Trump's top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, called trade tensions shadowing the summit "a family quarrel", finance ministers from the six other nations issued a rare public rebuke during a preliminary meeting last week, saying they would retaliate against the American tariffs.

The Trump administration has threatened to impose sanctions against European companies that continue to do business with Tehran, an effort the USA has said it will resist. This indicates that even before his "key allies", Trump is willing to make use of the White House's "punishing power", and that "encouragement" and "persuasion" don't play any roles in his decisions in the field of foreign policy and economics.


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