Trump refuses to endorse G-7 communique, threatens Canada with more tariffs
Jun 10 2018 by Johnny Bowman
"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the leaders' statement read.
I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100 percent.
In response, the European Union is preparing new tariffs set to hit U.S. exports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey.
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. You can't do that. Or we'll stop trading with them.
French President Emmanuel Macronsaid at a briefing following the summit that "the G7 meeting did not allow us to remove all the differences, but it allowed us, in conditions of the existing tension, to preserve unity on all issues where it was possible".
Senator John McCain has responded to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw his support for the G7 statement, telling the U.S.' allies: Americans stand with you even if the president doesn't.
It followed Trump's extraordinary snub of the G7 by refusing to endorse the group's joint communique, and the latest salvo of insults Trump directed at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an escalating tradedispute. "Canada can't believe it got away with it".
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John McCain has claimed in a direct appeal to United States allies that the majority of Americans are opposed to President Donald Trump's trade policies. All three trading partners have threatened to retaliate with their own levies against USA imports.
The war of words between Trudeau and Trump escalated after the US president left the meeting early.
European Council President Donald Tusk, who will attend the meeting of EU leaders, said in the New York Times this week "Europe must now do everything in its power to protect the trans-Atlantic bond, in spite of today's mood".
Ahead of his departure, Trump had criticised his predecessors for negotiating "unfair" trade deals. But divisions between the USA and the rest of the G-7 are clear. USA negotiators have frequently sparred with Mexican authorities over wages and workers' rights. "And before discussions could begin on any of this, we would have to ensure Russian Federation is amending its ways and taking a different route" - Trump's proposal receives short shrift from Britain's Theresa May who has accused Russian Federation of being behind the recent poisoning of a former spy.
The communique said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. "And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether", Macron said, speaking in English.
In response, Canada slapped retaliatory tariffs on $12.8billion worth of USA exports, including metals, toilet paper, ballpoint pens and handkerchiefs.