Trump threatens US allies on trade before leaving G7 summit


Trump met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday evening during the G-7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

President Donald Trump continued to blast "bad" trade deals with key United States allies as he left the G7 summit in Canada early Saturday, telling reporters that he would "fix" unfair trade relationships or end them.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said: "We are in agreement that a return of Russian Federation to the G7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine".

"I've been firm, I've been clear, but I don't think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world", the prime minister said.

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by fears of a trade war and tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with U.S. trading partners furious over Mr Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

President Trump said retaliation tariffs from his allies were a "mistake" and warned that if it got as far as a trade war, then the United States would "win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

Sources tell CBC News the USA will commit to lowering trade tariffs, but will leave its name off a commitment to implement the Paris climate agreement.

"I may have had a much different attitude", Trump said.

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Trump, who repeated that his tariffs are meant to protect USA industry and workers from unfair global competition, told reporters he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

At what a French described as one "extraordinary" session, leaders who had vowed to confront Trump over his decision to impose tariffs on US allies last week as part of his "America First" agenda, showered Trump with data one after the other.

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. We're actually working on cutting tariffs and making it all very fair for both countries. "It is going to stop or we are going to stop trading with them".

In response, Canada, Mexico and the European Union said they were putting in place their own retaliatory measures.

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Trump floated the idea - which was received as somewhat rhetorical - as the meeting was breaking up and was quickly challenged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who asked, "What about subsidies?" And he departed Charlevoix on Saturday morning - hours earlier than initially scheduled - to travel to Singapore ahead of his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "And it doesn't help US citizens understand the disruption in our economy that is actually coming from more technology and more automation, not from free trade agreements - which have overwhelmingly benefited American families".

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.