Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump exits G7 with trade warning: Retaliatory tariffs would be 'mistake'


In a statement, the Canadian government did not address Trump's tweets, saying 'we are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit, ' spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.

"I have instructed our US Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the US Market!", Trump tweeted Saturday evening, saying he was responding to Trudeau.

Distribution was delayed for a couple of hours; Trump tweeted his withdrawal at about the same time.

President Donald Trump talks with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the Women's Entrepreneurship Finance event at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion. "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

Trump is scheduled to leave the contentious G7 summit four hours earlier than originally planned on Saturday to fly to Singapore for his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trudeau, who was walking on a path near the summit site with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, declined to answer the questions.

But, he said, the USA could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way. "It's a lovely evening, a great weekend".

Over the course of the summit, the President pushed the narrative that the U.S.is a victim of a trade imbalance, though European leaders rejected these claims.

The group could now be facing an existential crisis. "I expect the Trump administration will double down and try to impose more tariffs", he added.

But it was the tariffs issue that really set Trump off. On Friday, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was still holding out hope that all G7 countries would be on board in the end.

The eight-page G7 communique issued earlier stated that "we stand ready to take further restrictive measures to increase costs on Russia" if its behavior makes it necessary.

This meant the two-day meeting was a disaster.

Donald Trump to leave G7 early, tensions high after 'rant' over trade
He said he gets along well with German Chancellor Angela Merkel , French President Emmanuel Macron , and Trudeau. Trump imposed the tariffs on the grounds that weak domestic industries could affect US national security.


Trudeau highlighted what he saw as one of the Quebec summit's most-important results.

He said U.S. farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that United States trading partners would need to provide him with more favourable terms.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", he said.

"And on that, this was certainly a success".

A senior United Kingdom government source said it stood by the commitments made in the communiqué., while a European Union official at the summit said it would "stick to the commitments made by all participants". He has threatened similar action against the auto industry.

"There are always other things we can work on", Trudeau said.

"It's true, we didn't fix all of the planet's problems this weekend in Charlevoix".

Trump claimed America had been obliged to levy the metals tariffs as it has been exploited as the world's "piggy bank" under existing arrangements, but his counterparts were equally determined to protect "rules-based" global trade. They also noted the importance of "bilateral, regional and plurilateral agreements being open, transparent, inclusive and WTO-consistent".

The tweets will be a serious and completely unexpected blow to the French president Emanuel Macron and the German chancellor Angela Merkel, who believed a deal to smooth over tensins on US-European trade had been agreed.

In the end, that language stayed in and it was only on climate change that no consensus was reached.

The United States was also the only outlier on the issue of protecting the environment. Canadian officials explained that the United States and Japan did not sign on because they did not want to commit to firm targets to reduce plastics.

"The president will continue to say what he says at various occasions", Trudeau said. "We have a little test every once in a while when it comes to trade".

"His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will - and bring back Russian Federation", said Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign and White House adviser. "I don't know what to say".

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