Allies race to clinch G7 face-saver before Trump's early exit
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 11, 2018,
Jun 11, 2018, 2:06
Mr. Trump declared tariffs were the most important topic at the G7 summit, blasting ally nations for what he sees as them taking advantage of the U.S. He said other nations have been treating the U.S. like the "piggy back that everybody's robbing".
In another tweet, Trump said he's "looking forward to seeing" Macron and Trudeau and accused them of "charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".
Trump was last to arrive for the G7 working breakfast, walking into the room when the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had almost finished his welcome and presentation speech, Efe reported.
Reacting to Trump's tweets, Trudeau's office said: "We are focussed on everything we accomplished here at the summit".
A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration.
The image showed Angel Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and US National Security Adviser John Bolton.
With respect to the North Korea summit, Trump said that it would be a "one time shot" for Kim Jong-un but he is hopeful that the meeting would work out.
Trump tweeted Friday he's "looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with G7 countries" at the summit, saying the United States would "come out even better" if the deals were not improved.
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"Ultimately that's what you want", he said.
He said he believes other countries are now more committed to a fairer trade relationship.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives in Canada for the G7.
Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would retaliate against Trump's tariffs by imposing import taxes on $12.8 billion worth of USA imports in what Canada says its strongest trade action since the World War II.
He said: "Russia should be in this meeting".
Asked about Trump's tweets and the future of the G7 late Saturday during a photo op in La Malbaie, Trudeau declined to respond to several questions.
The scale of the crisis between the United States and the other G7 members was highlighted early, when in off the cuff remarks Trump suggested Russian Federation be allowed to join the elite club of rich nations after it was expelled from the G8 following Moscow's annexation of Crimea.
Trudeau said the G7 had agreed to an "ambitious" communique, but he acknowledged the leaders left La Malbaie without significantly transforming Trump's increasingly confrontational approach to trade.
Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision.
Adding fuel to Trump's bonfire request was newly-installed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who backed the US president's suggestion.