Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Business | By Tara Barton

Trump wants Russian Federation to rejoin G-7

Trump wants Russian Federation to rejoin G-7

Trump's apparent threat to end USA trade deals with top allies came as he feuded with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders over the trade war he instigated late last month.

US President Donald Trump has left following his brief trip to Canada saying his relationship with the G7 countries is a 10 out of 10, and reports of rifts between the powerful countries are simply "fake news".

The U.S. president did not appear to be listening during some of the trade presentations, another G7 official familiar with the meeting said.

"Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs, all trade barriers between Canada and the United States, so I'm very happy", Trump told reporters.

Speaking at a news conference, Mr Trudeau said: "I highlighted directly to the president that Canadians did not take it lightly, the United States' move forward with significant tariffs on our steel and aluminium industry".

Trump had already roiled G-7 members ahead of the summit and raised fears of a trade war when he placed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico.

Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by USA trade tariffs.

Despite the apparent acrimony, Mr Macron said the G7 -which groups the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan - has succeeded in coming up with a joint declaration on trade.

The government announced it would impose more than $16.6-billion in retaliatory tariffs, effective July 1, on a variety of US goods.

But Trump said that the notion that the G7 summit was in any way contentious was "fake news", telling reporters Saturday that the conference had been "so wonderful".

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In footage of the pair, Trump said of Macron: "Arm wrestling, he would be very, very tough".

She stands opposite him, leaning over a table with both arms extended as other leaders and aides look on. He said he was "going in with a very positive attitude and I think we will come out fine".

Once again, Trump emphasized that the days of the USA getting the short end of the stick in its trading relationships with the world were over under his watch.

The weekend meeting marked the first time other countries began employing new way of dealing with Trump in person, pushing back on his declarations and threats and trying to illustrate the damage he was doing to the USA economy.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States and they know it", Trump said, adding that other leaders acknowledge as much in private. The top Nafta negotiators from the USA and Canada met earlier during the summit, after Trump in the morning complained about what he called the unfair trading practices of his Nafta partners, also including Mexico. Trump is heading to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet on Monday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"We're not going to be able to do that work under the threat of tariffs".

Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion. In the US, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

Trump's utopian idea was greeted with scepticism- "Good luck".

Depicting the issue as a question of the past, Trump also noted that Moscow "has spent a lot of money" on the region in the past four years.

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