Canada will retaliate against United States tariffs: Justin Trudeau

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2018

"Russia is focussed on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

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

But after leaving for Singapore, Trump tweeted personal attacks on Trudeau and said that he had told his representatives not to sign the summit communique, turning what had already been a tense meeting of the world's leading industrialised democracies into a fiasco. "It's a attractive evening, a great weekend".

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades and we can't do that anymore".

The US president was offended by Trudeau's "false statements at his news conference".

At a news conference held in Charlevoix, Canada, Trudeau announced that all seven countries in the summit had agreed on "a joint communique".

The President warned Canada and Europe to back off their threats to hit back with retaliatory trade measures on July 1 if the USA does not lift the steel and aluminum levies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and US President Donald Trump speaks after a family photo during the G7 Summit in in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

"We have a tremendous trade imbalance", Trump said during Saturday's press conference. Trudeau said he "accepted" the long USA explanation in the statement about how Washington did not back the Paris agreement.

Trump's statement was made just before he left: the USA president has been at odds with the G-7 countries over mounting import duties disagreements.

Other G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have also spoken out against the USA tariffs.

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He also denied the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as an "extraordinary" exchange on Friday in which Trump repeated a list of trade grievances, mainly concerning the European Union and Canada.

European and Canadian leaders have appeared to band together, ready to stand against Trump at the G7 summit.

Pierre Lampron, the president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, shot back at Trump's claims about his industry.

He said trade practices of many countries are very unfair to USA farmers.

Shortly before his arrival at the two-day summit, Trump injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G-7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation, which was ousted from the group after it annexed Crimea in 2014.

He said Saturday that he's also considering scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico individually.

He said: "I would say that the level of relationships is a 10, we have a great relationship".

"There are always other things we can work on", Trudeau said. Moscow repeatedly refuted accusations and took retaliatory measures.

But in his closing news conference, Trudeau argued the two-day event was a success.

Japan: The U.S. trade deficit was $70 billion previous year - and for every vehicle America exports to Tokyo, Japan sends more than 100 to the U.S. The country also has a complex regulatory system that makes it tough to sell American autos in Japan.

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