Trump turns tables on G7 allies with free trade `proclamation'
- Author: Anthony Vega Jun 10, 2018,
Jun 10, 2018, 1:47
European leaders also say Russia's return to the G7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made to resolve "problems" in Ukraine, thus rejecting Donald Trump's call to reinstate Russian Federation to the group. Many reporters "are unbelievably dishonest".
In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Mr. Trump repeated a list of grievances about US trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.
"This has been an ongoing project of Ambassador Huntsman, stretching back months, of getting a formal meeting between Putin and Trump", the official told the Journal.
"I figured", he said dismissively, when the questioner identified himself as representing CNN.
"I would say that the level of relationship is a 10. We have a great relationship" with the leaders of nations like Canada.
The proposal comes following two days of testy back-and-forth comments on trade between the U.S. president and Washington's Canadian and European allies.
Trump said he was discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal. Canada has been adamant it won't agree to such a clause. It has been discussed and some people quite like the idea of bringing Russian Federation back in, ' he said.
European officials suggested that the upbeat, punchy news conference that Trump delivered before skipping out on the summit was aimed at his trade-skeptic supporters back home and did not reflect the results of the summit. "Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run". He says "we're not looking to play games".
U.S allies were furious over the move, raising fears of a global trade war.
"If they retaliate they're making a tremendous mistake because you see we have a tremendous trade imbalance", he said.
The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with USA trading partners furious over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.
In response, Canada, Mexico and the European Union said they were putting in place their own retaliatory measures.
The German leader said there was broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced.
On 1 June, the United States imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the EU, Canada, and Mexico.
Trump also suggested that Friday and Saturday's summit had been "very, very successful", and dismissed claims of tensions between the United States and other nations, describing their relationship "a 10". Trump will be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a historic summit.
A key question was whether the seven countries could agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting.
Manufacturing, an industry Trump focuses on, makes up about 10 percent of USA economic output. The White House did not say what the president would talk about.
"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.
"It is evident that the American president and the rest of the group continue to disagree on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal", Tusk told reporters ahead of the G7 summit in the Canadian town of La Malbaie, north of Quebec.