Trump Warns Against EU Trade Reprisals After Stormy G7 Summit

10 June 2018, 01:47 | Andres Norman

President Donald Trump with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Charlevoix Canada on Friday

President Donald Trump with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau in Charlevoix Canada on Friday

"He can take that nation and truly make it a great nation so it is a one-time shot and I think it is going to work out very well", Mr. Trump said. Moscow has denied the allegations.

Russian President Vladimir Putin.

When Trump was pressed about the annexation of Crimea, he placed the blame on President Barack Obama for failing to handle the situation.

Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world".

But, he said, the US could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way.

Trump seems more fond of sparring with reporters when he can share the stage with a foreign counterpart, as he did this past week at the White House after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had stopped in Washington to consult with Trump before the G-7 and the upcoming Kim summit.

Canada has already said it will impose some $16.5 billion in new tariffs on US goods ranging from lawn mowers to felt-tipped pens in response to the new 10 per cent levy on the country's aluminum and the 25 per cent tariff on Canadian steel. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"This has been an ongoing project of Ambassador Huntsman, stretching back months, of getting a formal meeting between Putin and Trump", the official told the Journal.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", he said.

Such a summit would be the third such meeting of Trump and Putin since Trump took office a year ago. "But the relationships are very good", he said.

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Donald Trump suffered a cringe-worthy moment when he greeted the U.S. ambassador to Canada with an incredibly awkward kiss.

Mr. Trump said on Saturday that he had told the G7 leaders that the US required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices.

"They understand that. They know it".

The president has angered Canada, Mexico and European countries with his recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Mrs May has acted as something of a mediator in heated talks at the global summit in Quebec, pleading with fellow leaders to step back from the brink of a trade war at a session on Friday night.

Trump called the summit a "one time shot" for Kim, but expressed optimism at the beginning of talks with the North Korean regime.

Whatever the text eventually says, Canada's summit will be remembered mainly for fierce disagreements over Trump's tariffs and his surprise request to return Russian Federation to the G7 fold, four years after its expulsion over the annexation of Crimea. He says gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

President Donald Trump said Saturday at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada, that the United States would "stop trading" with some of its closest allies unless they change what he believes to be unfair trade policies. Then he tried to ease tension with friendly banter and vague claims of progress in trade talks.

At issue are new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.



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