Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Donald Trump rails against 'unfair' trade at G7 leaders summit

Donald Trump rails against 'unfair' trade at G7 leaders summit

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sniped about "stragglers" after Trump was late to a breakfast session on gender equality.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

US President Donald Trump dramatically withdrew his endorsement of a joint statement at the end of a G7 summit in Canada Saturday in a row over trade, accusing the summit's chairman Justin Trudeau of dishonesty.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by President Donald Trump prior to holding talks at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 13, 2017.

Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the U.S. president tweeted.

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

There was little expectation of a major breakthrough at the summit - held in the mountainous Quebec village of La Malbaie - on trade given Mr. Trump's temperament and long-held protectionist ideology, but the President insisted he got along well with Mr. Trudeau and other leaders who stood up to him.

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Trump said he pushed for the elimination of trade barriers, including subsidies and tariffs, at the G-7 meeting.

His words contained nothing he had not said before, both in public and in private conversations with Mr Trump, his office said later. "Only to give a news conference after I left saying that "us tariffs were kind of insulting" and "he will not be pushed around". "We focus on other formats", TASS quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying. Nevertheless, the statement is a positive step toward global cooperation, said Trudeau.

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This year's G7 summit had been dubbed "G6-plus-1" by many, referring to United States isolation over issues including trade and the Iran nuclear deal. The noise of Mr Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the United States television series M.A.S.H.

Trudeau's decision to move ahead with retaliatory tariffs capped off a tense day of discussions between the US president and other world leaders, in which the USA president-as many commentators were quick to point out-repeatedly demonstrated his ignorance of trade policy and made some of the most "nonsensical" claims of his presidency.

May has criticised the tariffs and also opposes Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group of leading industrialised nations.

When Trump left Quebec it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and determination of European leaders President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back on Trump's assault on the world trade system.

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