Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Donald Trump throws G-7 into disarray with tweets after he leaves

Donald Trump throws G-7 into disarray with tweets after he leaves

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.

President Trump concluded his visit to the Group of Seven summit on Saturdaywith warnings to USA allies, saying if they don't eliminate barriers to trade, they could lose access to the US economy.

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them. the numbers are so astronomically against them. we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

The G7 summit came amid rising tensions between the U.S. and other member nations - Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan - over Trump's recent steel and aluminum tariffs.

"We stick to the communique as agreed by all participants", a European official said on condition of anonymity.

The EU and Canada have taken steps to retaliate.

"I blame our leaders and I congratulate leaders of other countries for taking advantage of our leaders", Trump said.

She said: "Where we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so, and air the issue openly and frankly". The United States pays enormous tariffs on dairy.

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But the summit host, Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.

His comments follow his administration slapping Canada with hefty fines, as Ottawa looks to implement its own levies on American products starting Jul. 1.

In a news conference at the G7 summit in La Malbaie before leaving for Singapore to meet with the North Korean leader, Trump is reiterating his contentious case that Russian Federation should be re-invited back into the G7 because a G8 would be more meaningful. "And we're not going to be able to do that work when our retaliatory tariffs, which are real, they're significant", Morneau said in a Saturday interview.

Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the United States and has insisted that it be renegotiated. "Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said.

Trudeau on Saturday said the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders' summit, which is wrapping up Saturday.

Mr Trump denied that the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as a bitter harangue on Friday between the US President and his counterparts over tariffs.

In the run-up to the G7 summit, U.S. relations with the most of the remaining G7 countries have deteriorated, since Washington removed an exemption on 25 percent tariffs for steel and 10 percent for aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, which prompted the bloc and Canada to roll out retaliatory measures.

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