Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for their joint press conference in Ottawa Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends
Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 16:32

As the Washington Examiner noted, the Canadian Prime Minister gave Trump the gift as they met at the G7 summit this week.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens while addressing the final news conference of the G7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

The Prime minister's spokesman tweeting that what Trudeau said wasn't anything he hadn't already said to Trump himself.

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". He says "we're not looking to play games".

Before Trump's late arrival at the breakfast event, Trudeau told the room that he wanted to see the creation of a mechanism to look at gender equality across all areas of discussion and study when it comes to the G7.

"We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit".

Canada-U.S. trade: The United States is, by far, Canada's biggest customer.

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that US trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms.

Because the United States has vowed to ignore the rules of the global trading system that it helped put into place, including the World Trade Organization, trade deals are stalled for the foreseeable future.

Mr. Trump also warned that retaliating against the USA tariffs would be a "mistake", suggesting that the US might just not deal with countries who fail to treat the U.S.at his standards.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterizations by these officials of Mr Trump's remarks or attention to the presentations.

"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.

But by ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Mr Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

What else did Trump have to say?

Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday.

Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then called the G8 - in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

"The level of relationship is a 10".

French President Emmanuel Macron described it as a good first step that represented the G7 nations' desire to stabilize the situation.

Shortly before, Trudeau had announced the G7 countries had all agreed on the statement.

The US had imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from key allies the Europe Union, Canada and Mexico last week.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all the countries of the current G7", he said.