Trump vows to 'straighten out' G7 trade ahead of tense meeting

10 June, 2018, 04:13 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • ImageProto-Canadians disguised as British troops set the torch to Washington in 1814 during the War of 1812

On Thursday, Trump traded barbs with French President Emmanuel Macron after Macron suggested that the G7 nations would band together without the U.S. On Twittter, Trump also called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "indignant" for his country's trade practices.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose with other leaders (not pictured) for a family photo at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

"President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump US dairy into Canada", Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the USA than it exports.

Trudeau confirmed he had warned Donald Trump his country would impose retaliatory tariffs on USA goods from July 1, denouncing Trump's decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel as "insulting" to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside U.S. allies.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called United States metal tariffs "insulting" and announced retaliatory measures.

The U.S. president's personal attack on the prime minister heightened the potential for confrontation when the two leaders have their first face-to-face meeting in Canada on Friday after Trump's arrival.

The joint statement signed by US President Donald Trump and his counterparts comes amid a row over high US tariffs imposed this month on steel and aluminium imports.

Other G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have also spoken out against the USA tariffs.


Trump is heading to the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada with almost every other attendee mad at him.

Morneau said the tariff retaliation would cause "increasing friction" that would impede progress on NAFTA, but added there is a need "to step back from that destructive action so that we can actually get to the real work".

Trudeau said he would not cave to Trump's trade demands, even if it meant a full-blown trade war.

Russian Federation was suspended from the group in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters earlier on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision.

Trump tweeted on his way to Singapore where he is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and appeared, at least on Twitter, optimistic about the outcome.

"The United States helped establish and lead the G7 in pursuit of a peaceful and prosperous world", Engel, D-N.Y., said in a statement. "Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said.

US President Donald Trump's attempt to overthrow or renegotiate a series of global agreements constitutes a threat to the post Cold War order, European Union president Donald Tusk warned on Friday. "When we can underscore this, and we see that there's a lot of pressure within the USA, perhaps he will revise his position". The nuclear agreement included Germany and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, which includes France and Britain - all G7 members.

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