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Donald Trump accepts Singapore president's invitation for state visit in November

12 June, 2018, 02:32 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Investors have called on the G7 to phase out coal generation all together

Trudeau had announced that the G7 members - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - had agreed upon a joint communiqué, or formal statement, after a hard week on trade issues.

Trump administration officials on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing President Trump in the back, blaming him for the president's refusal to endorse a joint statement with other world leaders.

Trump described Justin Trudeau conduct in Saturday's meeting as "meek and mild" behind closed doors.

As befits his role as annual chairman of the G-7, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's picture is taken from the side, impartially showing Mr Trump dealing with his counterparts as equals.

This weekend's G7 Summit in Canada may have ended in disarray as President Trump took exception to his host's comments on trade and refused to endorse the final communique, but even before the USA stormed out deep divisions on climate and environmental policy were already baked in to the summit's outcomes.

He called Mr Trudeau "dishonest & weak" after Mr Trudeau said at a news conference that Canada would retaliate for new United States tariffs.

The top trading partners of the U.S. are upset over recent imposition of a 25 per cent tariff on import of steel and 15 per cent on aluminium. The photo, the editors wrote, was the only glimpse we got of the U.S.'s "disastrous showing" at the summit.

President Trump and PM Lee last met in October 2017, during Mr Lee's visit to Washington DC at Mr Trump's invitation.

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However, the text made no mention of previous pledges to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies, and in a break from last year's G7 Summit in Italy where leaders made more of an effort to agree a form of words on climate action the USA may support, this year's text more clearly sets out the differences between the two camps.

The communique addresses trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability, and acknowledges that "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation".

White House spokesman Raj Shah said Trump was "rattling the cages right now on trade", insisting there was no reason to believe there would be any negative fallout for the North Korea summit.

"There remain good reasons to fight for the transatlantic partnership", she said, adding that the current round of trade tariffs that the U.S. and European Union have imposed on each other did not signal the end of a partnership. He said Canada has to stand up for itself. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., also called Trudeau's comments a stab in the back to Trump.

As he flew from Canada to Singapore on Saturday night, Mr Trump displayed his ire via Twitter, which he also employed to insult Mr Trudeau as "dishonest" and "weak". We will also definitely go into talks with our. partners, especially Canada and Japan, and again see how we could work closer together.

"And a great gentleman called me from India and he said, we have just reduced the tariff on motorcycles, reduced it down to 50 per cent from 75, and even 100 per cent", he said. Canadians, he said, "will not be pushed around".

United States President Donald Trump on Monday (Jun 11) accepted an invitation from his Singapore counterpart Halimah Yacob to make a state visit to Singapore in November.

"Sorry, we can not let our friends, or enemies, take advantage of us on trade anymore".

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