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France, Germany slam Trump's G7 statement U-turn

11 June, 2018, 13:15 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • US President Donald J. Trump speaks to media as he departs the G7 summit in Charlevoix in Canada on Saturday. — EPA

"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run" and Russia "should be at the negotiating table", said the US President, who since taking office has faced allegations of collusion between his 2016 election campaign and the Russian government.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, however, contradicted Trump's statement.

On Twitter, the French leader was more assertive about the summit's success, claiming that "our exchanges have made it possible to restore the truth over trade between Europe and the United States".

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday.

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.

Trudeau told reporters that he 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. "We're not looking to play games", Trump added.

He insisted, like Trump himself has done many times, that Canada has enormous tariffs itself - especially on certain dairy and food products.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he had instructed his representatives not to sign a communique between the seven nations that make up the group just after host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced all countries had agreed to it.

The relationship has reportedly frayed to the point where Trump was considering sending Vice President Mike Pence to the G7 summit in his place, according to a Washington Post report.

However, a subsequent tweet from Trump backed away from that notion and pointed to lingering divisions.

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'We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies, ' the leaders said in a statement after a meeting that focused heavily on trade fights between the United States and its allies.

"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversation with the President."

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When Tapper asked if Trump was planning any payback for Trudeau's comments, Kudlow said he wasn't aware of any further moves. "Russia should return to the G-8".

He said he did not blame the G7 leaders for the "unfair" trade deals.

Trump threatened at the meeting that the USA would end all trade with nations that refuse to end "unfair" trade practices.

The director of the National Economic Council was appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday when he suggested Trudeau should "apologize in the name of the Western allies".

Support for Canada and its allies also surfaced in the U.S.as well.

"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea", he said. The talks have floundered over several issues, including Trump's insistence on a clause that that would end NAFTA every five years unless all three countries agree to sustain it.

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