Trump slams Trudeau's post summit remarks as 'very dishonest & weak'

10 June, 2018, 13:00 | Author: Wade Massey
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US President Donald Trump has thrown two days of diplomatic talks into chaos, insulting Canada's Prime Minister and tweeting that the United States would not endorse the joint communique that leaders from the Group of Seven nations negotiated at this weekend's summit.

Just hours after issuing a series of aggressive messages about global trade and Canadian dairy practices, Donald Trump has arrived in Quebec to attend some of the G7 summit - his first visit to Canada as US president.

Trump was last to arrive for the G7 working breakfast, walking into the room when the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had almost finished his welcome and presentation speech, Efe reported.

In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about U.S. trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

Trudeau's office responded later, saying they were focused on what was accomplished at the G7 summit and that the prime minister said nothing at the press conference that he hadn't mentioned "before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President".

The pair have been at odds over whether a sunset clause would be included into any renegotiated trade agreement covering the US, Canada and Mexico, with Mr Trudeau insisting no sunset clause would be included and Mr Trump saying hours earlier that negotiators were "pretty close on the sunset provision".

Trudeau called the fact that the USA had based the tariffs on a national security reason "kind of insulting".

On 1 June, the USA imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the EU, Canada, and Mexico.

President Trump proposed a major shakeup of the world's economic order during a summit in Canada this week, suggesting the world's big economies drop all tariffs and market-distoring subsidies and go to a fully free system of trade.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in, because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", Trump said.

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"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.

Here's a World Bank graph of trade-weighted average tariffs for the G7 countries - with USA almost identical to UK/Italy/France/Ger, higher than Japan/Can.

On climate change, the G7 failed to find consensus after the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord past year.

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

With respect to the North Korea summit, Trump said that it would be a "one time shot" for Kim Jong-un but he is hopeful that the meeting would work out.

Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.

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

Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America's G7 allies. "We have no reason to believe there will be problems on those issues", the official said on condition of anonymity.

"The simple fact is that more trade has been overwhelmingly beneficial to USA families and to net USA job creation for 75 straight years, and pretending America has been taken advantage of - that is, pretending that we're losers - isn't true".

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