Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping


Before the two leaders went behind closed doors, someone shouted a question at the prime minister to ask if he was disappointed the president meant to leave the summit early on Saturday.

At a photo op at the start of a head-to-head meeting with Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Trump joked that "Justin" had agreed to drop all trade tariffs, then insisted the two countries are making progress on North American free-trade agreement trade talks.

President Trump flew to Canada Friday for the G-7 meeting - the first of two high-profile summits on his agenda.

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 US election and possible coordination by people in Trump's campaign.

On the eve of what's expected to be a combative Canadian debut at the G7 summit, President Donald Trump enjoyed a glimmer of praise Thursday for his global peacemaking efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons.

Mr Macron was speaking alongside Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, who is hosting the summit, and the pair signalled they would warn Mr Trump of the potential damage tariffs could cause the US.

Mr Trump said on Friday that the United States and Canada were working on cutting tariffs "and making it all very fair for both countries".

Mr Trump made the comment at the White House after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against long-time allies over U.S. trade practices.

Trudeau was angered Trump utilized the rarely invoked "national security" provision to justify the tariffs, and in doing so was alluding that Canada was a threat to US national security.

US policy still does not recognize Russia's referendum taking control of Crimea and continues to identify the territory as "a part of Ukraine".

What did President Trump say?

"We'll see how it all works out", he said, referring specifically to Canada.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday floated an idea to set up a way to resolve trade disputes between the United States and its allies, a French official said.

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Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the hard ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump tweeted. He specifically claimed both countries were "charging the USA massive tariffs" and accused them of creating "non-monetary barriers" to US goods.

Asked about Trump's tariffs earlier in the day, Spain's Economy Minister Roman Escolano said that most countries at the summit shared the "belief that protectionism is a huge historical mistake".

With a cool reception all but assured, Trump has complained to aides about even having to attend the meeting, especially since his summit with Kim is just days away. This allows him to skip the climate change session and a working lunch.

This year's G7 summit, which will take place in Charlevoix, Quebec, is the 44th.

Conte was commenting from the G7 summit in Canada, where the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Canada and the United States are gathered for top-level talks. The European Union also attends.

The UK was quick to hit back at Mr Trump's suggestion, insisting Russian Federation must "change its approach" before even being considered for membership.

The leaders came armed with an array of their own statistics aimed at demonstrating to Trump that he was not right to view the U.S.as a victim.

Relations have hit such a low point that a key question now is whether the seven countries can agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting. That moved him squarely offside with most of his fellow G7 leaders, including Trudeau, on one of their most serious, shared worldwide security concerns. Japan has been paying those tariffs since March, but the other countries were initially granted an exemption that Trump let lapse June 1.

"We are not going to live with the deals the way they are", he said. And they met again late this afternoon. Last week, however, steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Mexico, Canada, and the European Union finally went into effect.

Trump's administration last week announced an end to exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs that had been granted the Canada, Mexico and the EU.

"The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won't be a laughing matter", one source told the network.

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