Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Trump calls for Russian Federation reinstatement as G7 summit enters final day

Trump calls for Russian Federation reinstatement as G7 summit enters final day

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday threw the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry. "He will be honored in Washington, at the @WhiteHouse, shortly", Trump said on Twitter after flying out of Canada.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has instructed U.S. representatives not to endorse the joint communique released at the end of the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec, Canada.

"Very dishonest and weak".

And he may just have found a new ally in Donald Trump. Trump left the summit early for Singapore, where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week. But she added that Britain had expressed its "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the apply tariffs to European Union steel and aluminum imports". Then he threw in another smoke bomb, suggesting he might split NAFTA up into separate deals with Canada and Mexico. Morneau said progress is being made, but more work needs to be done to conclude the negotiations.

Trump replied, "We're going to raise every issue".

He also defended the wisdom of his controversial tariffs, saying that the USA would win a trade war against its allies because "they do so much more business with us than we do with them". It spun a disorienting smoke bomb into a G7 summit that was turning into a gang-up on the U.S. President over steel tariffs.

"I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests", Trudeau said. "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump declared.

The US had nevertheless appeared to agree a form of words on contentious issues thanks to an all-night negotiating session by officials from all sides.

"We have a very good relationship with President Trump", May said.

In their communique, the leaders of the US, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

The summit was wrapping up just as Chinese President Xi Jinping begins hosting the leaders of Russian Federation and Iran at a two-day regional security meeting in a symbol of the power-play between East and West.

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

Once again, Trump emphasized that the days of the US getting the short end of the stick in its trading relationships with the world were over under his watch.

Nevertheless, the G-7 leaders appeared to be limping towards something that could look like a win at the two-day summit, even if it came far short of the broad communique signed by all attendees that typically comes out of their summits.

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals", the USA president said.

That Conte should find common ground with Trump should be no great surprise given that they both owe their rise in large part to a backlash against globalization and the political establishment.

According to Business Insider, Trump and Macron have somewhat of a tradition of sharing these awkward and intense handshakes during meetings.

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