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Trump issues warning to trade partners over retaliatory tariffs

Nellie Chapman | 10 June, 2018, 01:51

Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed during a visit to Austria this week the possibility of Vienna playing host to a summit with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Saturday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks to speak to the media after his annual call-in show in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 7, 2018.

The US president also repeated his call for Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table.

When asked about his calls for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the Group of 7 nations, which had been expelled after it invaded Crimea in 2014, President Trump blamed former President Barrack Obama for Russia's annexation of Crimea, saying, "Crimea was let go during the Obama administration, and you know, Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea".

In his final G7 news conference, Mr Trump described his trip to Singapore as "a mission for peace" that he was "confident" about.

Trump repeated a list of grievances about US trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters. He says "we're not looking to play games".

After arriving late, the president was expected to leave early to fly to his meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.

"If you have a strategy, do not explain your strategy before the meeting - because if you are explaining your strategy before the meeting, you are losing your strategy", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters.

The joint statement signed by US President Donald Trump and his counterparts comes amid a row over high US tariffs imposed this month on steel and aluminium imports.

Trump's strained relationship with the rest of the G7 was evident on Saturday when he arrived late for the opening session, with Trudeau addressing a gathering that included an empty chair where the president was meant to be. "We can't lose it", he said.

Donald Trump suffered a cringe-worthy moment when he greeted the United States ambassador to Canada with an incredibly awkward kiss. "Much of it, not all of it", Trump said.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insists the Trump hard line will only hurt the U.S.

He said he could tell from the smiles of European leaders at the G7 that they knew that "the gig is up" and that they would negotiate terms with Washington.

The United States' closest trading partners - the EU, Canada and Mexico - have vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on scores of U.S. products beginning in the coming weeks. He says gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

United States President, Donald Trump, said he proposed the elimination of tariffs in talks at the G7 summit in Canada, as the major industrial nations struggled to resolve differences on trade.

Macron said he and Trump held "open and direct" discussions, adding that he thought there was a way to get a "win-win" outcome on trade, though details remained unclear.

Trump contends that other countries "have been taking advantage of the United States on trade".