Friday, 22 June, 2018

Macron says 'things moving forward' after G7 trade spat

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive for their joint press conference in Ottawa Trump accuses Justin Trudeau of making 'false statements'
Patty Aguilar | 10 June, 2018, 16:30

Trump created a distraction when he walked in late for Saturday's breakfast meeting during the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations being held in Quebec. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the office added.

Trump, who departed the summit early, also accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being "very dishonest" in his condemnation of United States tariffs.

Speaking on Saturday during a rare news conference, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

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".

Trudeau, who has been sparring with Mr. Trump on trade in recent days, announced at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Canada that the retaliatory tariffs will go into effect July 1.

The EU said it would stick to the joint communique despite Mr Trump's decision.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau continued.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat, will represent the United States for the G7 sessions that Trump will skip Saturday.

The war of words between Trudeau and Trump escalated after the USA president left the meeting early. "We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades - and that is long enough".

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Just hours ago, President Donald Trump was tweeting about the "great meetings and relationships with the six Country Leaders". "That's a very profitable answer if we have to do it", he said at a press conference.

In the communique, the group of major industrial nations - Canada, the U.S., the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany - had initially agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

The US president warned that retaliation against metal tariffs - 25% on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union - would be a mistake after previously calling the EU approach to business "brutal".

The noise of 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 USA television series MASH.

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, when Trump left it was thought a compromise had been reached.

"Things are moving forward at the G7", Macron told reporters at the start of their own one-on-one talks which followed bilateral talks among all the group's leaders. "If you give in now, he will come back tomorrow for more".

"It's going to change", he said.

He said that other countries were imposing "massive tariffs" on the US.

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