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

Trump turns tables on G7 allies with free trade `proclamation'

Trump turns tables on G7 allies with free trade `proclamation'

MORE rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying that the USA will not endorse a joint communique signed with the other Group of Seven (G-7) members at this weekend's summit and seemingly threatening to impose further tariffs on the country.

Mr. Trump said he stood up his G7 allies who were angry over US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed against Canada, Europe and Mexico. "Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the hard ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump also bluntly threatened to end trade with countries that refused to lower their tariffs on the U.S. But Trump's abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing the same type of tough talk on trade as when he departed the White House, when he accused Trudeau of being "indignant".

He has called Trump's imposition of the tariffs "irresponsible" and "insulting" because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.

The G-7 became the G-8 in 1997, when Russian Federation became a member along with Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible".

Trump's call for the elimination of trade barriers come amid fears of an all-out trade war after the U.S. moved ahead with a 25% import tax on steel and a 10% on aluminum on most countries.

Trudeau said his nation is insulted that Trump unilaterally imposed stiff tariffs on Canada for "national security" reasons. "And they understand it's going to happen", Trump said.

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July", Mr Trudeau said. But he also said, "if the expectation was that a weekend in handsome Charlevoix.was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite reach that bar".

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The president repeated his tough stance on tariffs, saying allies had been "taking advantage" of the United States on trade. He said gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does. "With that being said, it's been done a long time ".

"I think the G8 would be better".

"The relationships are very good", he added, mentioning his discussions with French and Canadian leaders specifically.

"The U.S. has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore", Trump said.

During an evening stroll with his wife and another couple, Trudeau was asked a couple of times by a reporter for his reaction to Trump's tweets.

"If they retaliate they are making a mistake because.they do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose that".

Trudeau said he would continue to stand up for Canadian dairy producers and the country's supply management system.

While the final communique, apparently with just the G6 signing on, committed that Iran will "never seek, develop or acquire a nuclear weapon", there appeared to be little to close the gap between the U.S. and its allies on contentious issues surrounding trade and investment with Iran.

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.

"The level of relationship is a 10", Trump said.

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