Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Theresa May warns Donald Trump over trade tariffs

Theresa May warns Donald Trump over trade tariffs

"It's highly unlikely there will be a final communique", a G7 official said on condition of anonymity.

With the recent announcement by the U.S. to impose tarriffs on steel and aluminium imports from traditional allies such as Canada, Mexico and the European Union, the G-7 summit in Canada was expected to involve tense negotiations over issues revolving around trade.

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

President Trump seemed unconcerned about ruffling a few feathers Friday at the annual Group of Seven nations summit in Canada.

In response to Trump's tweets, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau' s Office said that Trudeau has been consistent with Trump both in public and private conversations.

While Trump's relationship with some of the G7 members has reportedly been tense, one quickly came to his defense.

"If a deal isn't made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and a very bad thing for Mexico".

That means he will miss a working session among the leaders on climate change and clean energy, as well as talks among the G7 and poorer countries focused on the health of oceans.

The group could now be facing an existential crisis.

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

Trudeau has his closing press conference this afternoon. "Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run".

"And on that, this was certainly a success".

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"No tariffs, no barriers". Canada, Mexico and the European Union all threatened retaliatory tariffs after their exemption status was lifted. "He really kind of stabbed us in the back".

But tariffs on USA imports of cars and auto parts would devastate the Canadian auto industry, which is highly integrated with the US sector. "It's going to stop now or we'll stop trading with them (other nations)".

"It's true, we didn't fix all of the planet's problems this weekend in Charlevoix".

The U.S. wants North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, a demand North Korea has rejected without concessions from the U.S.

On trade, the group managed to find some compromise language in the short-lived communique.

French President Emmanuel Macron wrote ahead of the meeting on his profile: "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be".

All seven countries agreed to a joint statement on artificial intelligence, global trade, middle class growth, innovation, girls' education, and defending democracies from foreign intrusions.

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

Trudeau said Canada wasn't backing down.

Trump has long criticized the United States' goods deficit.

"The president will continue to say what he says at various occasions", Trudeau said. "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in", Trump told reporters.

Trump missed Trudeau's introductory statement at the meeting and entered the room while council co-chair Isabelle Hudon, who is Canada's ambassador to France, was speaking. We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.

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