Trump Leaves G-7 Summit With A Call To End 'Unfair' Trade

Clay Curtis
June 10, 2018

He added: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

In another tweet, Trump said he's "looking forward to seeing" Macron and Trudeau and accused them of "charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

President Trump took issue with Trudeau's remarks on trade between the US and Canada, in which the prime minister warned his government would take retaliatory measures if new tariffs were introduced.

He blamed past world leaders, including past presidents, for that situation, but said the current crew - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - now know that the "gig is up".

The president said the USA was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

In response, Canada slapped retaliatory tariffs on $12.8billion worth of USA exports, including metals, toilet paper, ballpoint pens and handkerchiefs.

Canada wants a deal too, but Trudeau reiterated the government view that the U.S.'s proposed five-year sunset clause is a non-starter.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", Trump said at a press conference shortly before leaving the gathering of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan. And we've made a lot of progress today.

On June 1, the USA imposed a 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

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NERVOUS MARKETS: Trump, who aides said has scant interest in multilateralism, is set to have bilateral meetings with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Trudeau at the summit.

She said: "If there are to be any conversations about Russia's future in relation to this particular group, they have to change their ways, they have to change the route that they are taking and the sort of activity they are involved in".

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July", Mr Trudeau said. "If the expectation was that a weekend in attractive Charlevoix surrounded by lovely people was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite perhaps meet that bar". "The President of the United States thinks that the USA has been treated in an unfair way by Europe and by others, and the others think that this is not the case", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a press conference in La Malbaie.

"Trump did not want to be isolated", Macron said.

"President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump US dairy into Canada", Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the USA than it exports.

Trump has long stated a preference for two-way trade accords.

"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", he said. We are talking to many countries, we are talking to all countries."And it's going to stop". Canada and European leaders were enraged, vowed to retaliate, and delivered a number of jabs at the president ahead of the G7 summit.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", they said.

President Trump leaves the G-7 summit after holding a press conference in the Canadian resort town of La Malbaie.

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