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The Macron-Trump bromance has a dark side, just like sausage-making

The Macron-Trump bromance has a dark side, just like sausage-making The Macron-Trump bromance has a dark side, just like sausage-making
Nellie Chapman | 10 June, 2018, 14:53

Trump, who angered his G7 partners last week with tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda, vowed to hold firm until US goods had "fair" access to markets.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

Trump's anger seems to stem from a press conference Trudeau held where he said he would with "absolute certainty" impose retaliatory tariffs on the United States.

The pair have been at odds over whether a sunset clause would be included into any renegotiated trade agreement covering the US, Canada and Mexico, with Mr Trudeau insisting no sunset clause would be included and Mr Trump saying hours earlier that negotiators were "pretty close on the sunset provision".

The G-7 used to be the G-8, when Russian Federation was a member along with Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the world's most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec's Charlevoix region.

Trump also threatened: "I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and it would be a very bad thing for Mexico", Trump said.

Trump also broke with other G7 leaders by calling for Russian Federation to be re-admitted to the group.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he said.

On Friday, Trump said that Russian Federation should be part of the G7 summit. "Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors requested that the United States Secretary of the Treasury communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment".

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free", he said.

In an "extraordinary" exchange, Trump repeated a list of grievances about USA trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron said in another tweet.

He missed Trudeau's introductory statement and entered the room while Gender Equality Advisory Council co-chair Isabelle Hudon was speaking.

French President Emmanuel Macron said at a briefing following the summit that "the G7 meeting did not allow us to remove all the differences, but it allowed us, in conditions of the existing tension, to preserve unity on all issues where it was possible". "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the office added. "It is going to stop or we are going to stop trading with them".

Russian Federation was thrown out of the group in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea.

Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.