Trump insists G7 trade talks 'extremely productive'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 11, 2018,
Jun 11, 2018, 1:00
The move enraged Trump, who branded his Canadian counterpart "dishonest and weak" in a furious tweet, announcing the USA would pull out of an agreed communique.
Heading into the leaders' summit in La Malbaie, Que., there were deep concerns the G7 alliance was fast becoming a G6 plus one because of a widening gulf between the US and the rest of the group in key areas such as climate and trade. -North Korea summit Tuesday as part of the reason Trump made a decision to withdraw from the communique, suggesting the president did not want to look weak as he prepares to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
"He really kind of stabbed us in the back". Reneging on the commitments agreed in the communique showed "incoherence and inconsistency", it said in a statement. The non-factual part of this is - they have enormous tariffs.
Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs
"When we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly", she said at a news conference.
"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said in the news conference.
And Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Trudeau, jabbed on Trump on Twitter: "Big tough guy once he's back on his airplane". According to Trudeau, he told the president that Canadians may be polite and reasonable but they will not be pushed around and that his nation doesn't "relish" putting tariffs on USA goods and services but is willing to do so.
Having left the G7 summit in Canada early, Trump's announcement on Twitter that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies.
Macron said that the US, which had pulled out of the Paris Accord and the Iran nuclear deal, and which has now imposed steep steel and aluminum tariffs on Europe, Canada, and Mexico, needs to be persuaded to remain in the "community of nations". "I'll be honest with you, they have no choice", Trump said.
US President Donald Trump - who regularly threatens to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement - insists that Canada and Mexico agree to a sunset clause that would allow a member nation to withdraw after five years. And number three, American steel companies and steelworkers oppose these tariffs on Canadian steel, so the very industry that the Trump administration is trying to help opposes these tariffs.