Trump gives his relationship with G7 countries a '10'

11 June, 2018, 16:21 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin chat as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula de Silva and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso walk towards the

President Donald Trump delivered a threat to foreign leaders during a press conference Saturday at the 2018 G7 summit in Quebec, Canada: If they don't dramatically reduce tariffs and trade barriers, "we'll stop trading with them".

Trump said in another tweet that Trudeau was "meek and mild" during their private meeting, only to hold a news conference calling the US tariffs "insulting".

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said at the G7.

In his press conference, Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

During the summit, Trump said US allies treat America "like a piggy bank" and vowed to keep in place the new tariffs.

Mexico hit back with fiscal penalties on USA exports like pork, steel, cheese and whiskey.

Trump, who is in Singapore for negotiations with North Korea, continued to rip into USA trading partners late Sunday night Eastern Time, repeating complaints about the United States trade deficit and contributions to NATO.

Mr Trump left off last night with a series of tweets from Air Force One en route to Singapore for his nuclear summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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Speaking in her first interview since the G7 summit in Canada, the chancellor said the European Union would continue preparing countermeasures to United States metal tariffs. After Trump was blasted by Macron and other leaders, Trump took to Twitter again, this time to double down and declare, "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade". Shortly after that statement was published online, Trump complained about comments made by Trudeau and revoked his support.

Clearly, Mr. Trump saw things differently.

That prompted Trump to blow up all the goodwill gained at the G7 Summit by trashing the host and claiming the United States would not endorse the summit communique.

Following his departure from the summit, Trump said on social media he had "great meetings and relationships" with the six other G-7 leaders. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) said on CBS' "Face The Nation" that "right now, the President is actually driving our allies away from us as we need them even more, while welcoming in the Russians".

He added that Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around ... on the eve of this - he is not going to permit any show of weakness on a trip to negotiate with North Korea".

Justin Trudeau and President Trump participate in the working session at the G7 summit on Friday.

Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her country "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

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