Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pressed Washington to reconsider the USA tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, and encouraged President Donald Trump to work with Canada to address unfair trade.
The U.S. president arrived several minutes after the start of the breakfast meeting between G7 leaders and the gender equality advisory council that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created for this year's summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.
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.
Trump also took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive automobile industry, throwing G7 efforts to show a united front into disarray.
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In urging Trudeau to apologize for his comments, he also said the prime minister's statements were a "diplomatic betrayal" as Trump headed to Singapore to his high-profile summit with North Korean leader with Kim Jong-un.
They say "be careful what you wish for" Trump's trade war is living proof you should also be careful who and what you vote for. Trudeau again denounced Trump's decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminium and steel as "insulting" to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside USA allies. "I think it would be good to have Russian Federation back in".
But during his comments Saturday morning, Trump raised multiple options for NAFTA, including a potential new deal or the possibility of doing separate deals with Mexico and Canada, effectively cleaving the longtime agreement in two. "With one country we have $375 billion in trade deficits". In that black-and-white photo, posted by US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump appears to talk confidently as other leaders listen.
"It's a brutal blow to a summit of significant success, both in substance and in presentation", said John Kirton, director of the University of Toronto's G7 Research Group. Before leaving Washington, Mr Trump had said that Russian Federation should be readmitted to the group that had excluded it in 2014 after its invasion of eastern Ukraine and annexation of Crimea. "When I'm telling them, they're smiling at me".
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Trudeau said his nation is insulted that Trump unilaterally imposed stiff tariffs on Canada for "national security" reasons. Trudeau added that he had not agreed to a new North American Free Trade Agreement with a sunset clause.
Trump also raised eyebrows by urging the G7 to once again become a G8 by bringing Russian Federation back into the fold and for criticizing his allies, including Canada, for what he called unfair trade barriers.
Russian Federation is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and plays a significant role in worldwide security issues. Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then known as the G8 - in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea.
The summit in Canada was marked by the USA president's controversial trade policy which has put him at odds with the rest of the G7 leaders. I think they are starting to be committed to a much more fair trade situation for the United States, because it has been treated very, very unfairly....
"Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't", he concluded.
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"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump said. Kudlow said Trump won't let people "take pot shots at him" and that Trudeau "should've known better".