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

Trump threatens US allies on trade as he exits G7 summit


US President Donald Trump gives a news briefing at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

Trudeau had announced just hours earlier that all G7 countries signed the joint communique, and all of the leaders had made a decision to "roll up our sleeves" and agree upon "consensus language".

The Prime minister's spokesman tweeting that what Trudeau said wasn't anything he hadn't already said to Trump himself.

Trump also slammed Trudeau for "making false statements" and accused him of being "meek and mild" in their one-on-one meeting on Friday before the Canadian leader came out swinging against the USA in a press conference on Saturday.

Speaking on Saturday during a rare solo news conference, Trump said he pressed for the G7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

In a statement issued following Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau said he remained focus on what was accomplished at the G7 summit. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to USA security.

Mrs May said: "Where we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly. We can't lose it", he said. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

"We are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing and that ends", he told a news conference before flying to Singapore for denuclearzation talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The letter, which comes after Trump imposed hefty aluminium and steel tariffs on the European Union and other trade allies, focuses on the trade and investment relationship between the European Union and the United States - a relationship which, the ambassadors say, "other countries can only dream of".

Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summit
Trump will then head to Singapore ahead of his highly-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. She added "there are no grounds whatsoever for bringing Russian Federation with its current behavior back into the G-7".


According to reports from inside the summit in Canada, Mr Trump caused deep divisions between the seven major nations - the US, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Britain and Italy - by delivering a "rant" on global trade.

Trump called for Russia's reinstatement to the group before he arrived at the annual summit taking place in Quebec.

"The president will continue to say what he says".

Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the USA and has insisted that it be renegotiated. He said he expressed to Trump "that Canadians did not take it lightly that the United States has moved forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminum industry". "You got to go tariff free", he argued.

- The future of the G7: The leaders huddled late into the night on Friday and again on Saturday morning to find compromises palatable to all, especially on maintaining free trade and carefully managing trade disputes.

"It's going to change", said Trump. In his tweetstorm - and again on Saturday - the President said that such actions were hurting US farmers and "killing our agriculture".

But the president batted away rumors the summit had been rife with tensions between the US and other nations, The Hill reported. Signaling that his allies would not be intimated, Macron made it clear that the other six countries at G7 meeting would gladly sign deal without Trump.

Trump used Harley-Davidson to highlight his case against countries that had a trade surplus on America, with China leading the table.

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