Thursday, 21 June, 2018

One 'rant,' rough talks sour G7 mood in confrontations with Trump

Angela Merkel,Christine Lagarde Trump Attacks Trudeau, Macron, Allies Ahead of G7 Summit: 'Won't Be Talking About the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax for a While'
Preston Stone | 10 June, 2018, 21:11

Hours after the G7 summit, US President Donald Trump is attacking Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau again for "false statements", and he is refusing to endorse the summit's communique that called for reducing tariff barriers.

European Council President Donald Tusk expressed broad concern about Trump's opposition to the worldwide rules-based order, because it "is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S".

He contrasted Trudeau's behavior during the meetings, which he characterized as "so meek and mild" with him calling the tariffs "kind of insulting" and saying Canada "will not be pushed around" after the president left.

Trump also defended his recent imposition of punishing steel and aluminum tariffs was based on legitimate national security concerns, and said he stood firm against the concerns of his fellow G7 leaders during their talks.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", he added. A Canadian official said the leaders discussed accelerating the pace of the talks.

But during his comments Saturday morning, Trump raised multiple options for NAFTA, including a potential new deal or the possibility of doing separate deals with Mexico and Canada, effectively cleaving the longtime agreement in two.

"If they retaliate they are making a mistake because.they do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose that".

But Trump had already said he would not hesitate to shut countries out of the United States market if they retaliate against his tariffs. The G-7 also includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

A senior United States administration official said that Trump had been angered by Trudeau's comments.

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In Paris, Macron's office said such a move wouldn't make sense and pointed out that the latest country to impose economic sanctions on Russian Federation was the U.S. Italy's new premier, Giuseppe Conte, tweeted that he agreed with Trump, saying: "Russia should go back into the G8".

"Simply put, the European Union invests more in the United States, buys more American services and employs more American workers than the other way around", the letter states.

He made first-name references to "Angela" and "Justin", and he repeatedly insisted he blamed previous US leaders, not foreign ones, for what he sees as the global trade imbalance.

Trump placed the blame on his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", Trump trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview nationally broadcast in the United States. "You got to go tariff free", he argued.

Many Europeans view Trump's claim that climate change is a hoax, his policies on immigration, his racial and religious rhetoric and his "America First" ideology as antithetical to European values.

A key question was whether the seven countries could agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting. "We'll either leave it the way it is as a threesome deal" and "change it very substantially", Trump said Saturday in La Malbaie, Quebec, speaking to reporters before departing the Group of Seven leaders' meeting.

European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Friday that Trump's protectionist trade measures pose a threat to the rules-based worldwide order.

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