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Trump pulls out of joint G-7 statement, attacks Trudeau

10 June 2018

Due to Trudeau's "false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies", Trump said he told "our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

Trudeau, who has been sparring with Mr. Trump on trade in recent days, announced at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Canada that the retaliatory tariffs will go into effect July 1.

Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated it is unacceptable to include Canada in 232 national security tariffs.

Following Trudeau's comments regarding the communique, the Canadian leader said "strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically American tariffs" took placed at the G-7 meeting.

Trump cited progress on reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, saying the final outcome would lead either to an improved trade deal or separate pacts with the two US neighbors.

"We have a tremendous trade imbalance", Trump said during Saturday's press conference.

Trump also said NAFTA negotiators were "pretty close" to agree on some kind of sunset provision, which could allow the trade agreement to be renegotiated every five years.

On bringing Russian Federation back into the G7: "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in". Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada and directly with Mexico. "It is going to stop or we are going to stop trading with them".

Now, Trump and foreign leaders face a string of trade decisions that will either preserve the existing global economic system or reshape it, with millions of jobs and trillions of dollars hanging in the balance.

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The Trump administration has imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the USA and its allies in the run-up to the summit. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends". "So long as the United States government persists on its present course where the instinct is to undo anything that is already there", said Sebastian Mallaby, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, in a phone call with reporters ahead of the weekend summit.

"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run", Trump said early on Friday morning.

"We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades - and that is long enough".

It also covered other issues including relations with Russian Federation. "I think they'll all come down on Trudeau's side" with the possible exception of Japan's Shinzo Abe, Kirton said. Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then known as the G8 - in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea.

The joint statement takes on issues such as jobs, climate change, advancing gender equality, building a peaceful world and investing in growth "that works for everyone".

President Trump earlier told reporters he had proposed the idea of a tariff-free G7 to other leaders and described his talks with them as "extremely productive".

The president has made a lot of noise at this year's G7 event in the Quebec town of La Malbaie - first by launching a Twitter attack on Canada's trade policies before the summit and then for suggesting Russian Federation be invited to re-join the alliance.

France's President Macron also shared another view, with him arguing forcefully with his hands in Mr Trump's direction.

Trump pulls out of joint G-7 statement, attacks Trudeau