Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Amid tensions, all G-7 members sign statement

Amid tensions, all G-7 members sign statement

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said.

He said he pushed them to consider removing every single tariff or trade barrier on American goods, and in return he would do the same for products from their countries.

The EU and Canada have taken steps to retaliate.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and it ends", Mr. Trump told reporters at a press conference at the end of the meeting, just before he jets off to Singapore to meet with North Korea's leader. But the lead ministers from both countries talked trade on the sidelines of the G7 leaders' meeting on Friday. Three days after taking office, Trump formally withdrew the US from another such landmark deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration negotiated with 11 Pacific rim nations. Manufacturing, an industry Trump focuses on, makes up about 10 percent of United States economic output.

Trade is set to dominate the G-7 talks, as allies speak out against United States policies that threaten to upend global growth and the multilateral system.

Macron, who signaled closer ties with Trudeau ahead of the summit, rebuked Trump and likened him to a rogue leader.

The leaders came armed with an array of their own statistics aimed at demonstrating to Trump that he was not right to view the U.S.as a victim. French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted video of an intimate conversation he had with President Trump, writing "engaging, keeping the dialogue alive, now and ever".

"President Trump wants nothing less than wiping out Canadian dairy farming". Today, he fired off a new attack on European Union members and Canada, vowing to end what he calls unfair trade practice against the U.S.

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.

Merkel said there was broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced, though she acknowledged that differences with the United States remained.

Differences over trade tariff disputes and calls to re-admit Russian Federation have overshadowed a summit attended by leaders from from seven of the world's wealthiest nations in Canada.

He bristled at a question that touched on the apparent disconnect between his confrontations with democratic allies in Canada and his enthusiasm for a meeting with a dictator.

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That leaves Trump diametrically opposed with Canada, which says renegotiating the deal every five years would create perpetual uncertainty and harm long-term investment.

"We didnt do votes or anything, but it has been discussed", he said. He said gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does. "With that being said, it's been done a long time".

He said: "I have been Russia's worst nightmare".

"We're looking for peace in the world". He says "we're not looking to play games". It also holds a seat in the larger Group of 20. I might have had a different attitude.

The president repeated his tough stance on tariffs, saying allies had been "taking advantage" of the United States on trade.

The American leader said a three-country deal would only be possible with substantial changes, and reiterated his interest instead in forming separate two-way trade accords with Mexico and Canada - an interest Canada has made clear it does not share.

"It was not contentious", Trump said. What was strong is the language that this can not go on.

Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America's G7 allies.

He added: "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

The UK and the rest of the European Union will be slapped with a 25 percent duty on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

"Its like the gig is up", he said. "They cant believe they got away with it". Japan has been paying those tariffs since March, but the other countries were initially granted an exemption that Trump let lapse June 1.

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