G7 summit ends in disarray as Trump abandons joint statement

10 June, 2018, 16:18 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Trump believes 'progress made' in G7 trade talks

Then you carry your eyes toward the border of the picture and spot French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Asked whether Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team was engaged in frantic damage control, a Canadian government official said it was always clear there would be disagreements at the summit over trade and relations with Russian Federation.

Canada is now adding the tariffs to its list of deal breakers on NAFTA.

"I highlighted directly to the president that... it's kind of insulting, and I highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA, and that it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1", Trudeau said at the press conference following the summit. The United States' closest trading partners - the EU, Canada and Mexico - have vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on scores of USA products beginning in the coming weeks.

The noise of Mr Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the United States television series M.A.S.H.

Trump insisted USA allies would yield to his demands of a trade rebalance, warning that the U.S. would crush any opposition in a potential trade war.

Despite earlier reports of a rant over trade from Trump, he said the meeting "was not contentious" and called the relationships between the leaders "outstanding".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that "Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7".

Trump - who regularly threatens to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement - insists that Canada and Mexico agree to a sunset clause that would allow a member nation to withdraw after five years.


"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", he said.

Although Trump says his tariffs are necessary to protect United States industry and workers, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal. "We're gonna fix that situation, and if it's not fixed, we're not going to deal with these countries".

The other G7 leaders will meet without Trump for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and global development.

Talks to modernize NAFTA, which started last August, have effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico resist US demands for major changes such as the sunset clause and boosting the North American content of autos made in the three nations.

On balance, Trump is creating the raison d'etre of a summit meeting with Putin, which in normal times would have caused an uproar in the US.

Trudeau refused, and the meeting was off. "And no subsidies. I even said, "no tariffs", Mr Trump said, while defending his decision to impose a global tariff on USA imports of steel and aluminium.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel said. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

The president went into the meeting under intense pressure from foreign leaders after he slapped high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, citing USA national security needs.

"President Trump wants nothing less than wiping out Canadian dairy farming".

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