Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Trump arrives in Quebec for G7 summit, wants Russian Federation invited back

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Sammy Stanley | 10 June, 2018, 10:11

Mr. Trump's tweets followed a press conference by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said that Canada would be going through with retaliatory tariffs given the U.S.'s insistence on steel and aluminum imports.

While the Trump administration has characterized their rift as a family quarrel, his fellow leaders appear to be itching for a fight with a USA president - the G7's traditional patriarch - during the two-day summit in the Canadian countryside.

The US president has frosty relations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the summit host.

Soon after the joint statement was announced, the United States president tweeted defiantly about not allowing "other countries to impose massive tariffs and trade barriers on its on farmers, workers and companies".

"What this will look like in 2018 and potentially beyond is a more and more economically and politically isolated America, but the rest of the world is pretty much carrying on to the best of its ability just without the United States".

"We are very clear that Canada does not pose a national security threat to the United States", she said.

Following his announcement that the US would be pulling its endorsement of the joint statement, Trump took another jab at Trudeau in a second tweet.

He will miss the final session on climate change on Saturday and instead fly directly from Charlevoix to Singapore to meet the leader of North Korea in a much-anticipated summit. "Very dishonest and weak", Trump said.

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By ordering his representatives to back out of the communique, Trump appeared to be asserting his oft-stated aim of upsetting the status quo whether by pulling out of the global climate accord or the worldwide nuclear deal with Iran or threats to scrap the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau said he told Trump that readmitting Russian Federation "is not something that we are even remotely looking at at this time". "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the statement said, according to the CBC.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron had tweeted "the American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".

Trump and other world leaders don't agree on a wide range of issues from trade to the environment as well as Iran and the construction of a new USA embassy in Jerusalem.

When a CNN reporter asked Trump to respond to a question about whether he had sowed division in the G7 in what many have described as a G6-plus-one scenario, the president excoriated the reporter for perpetuating "fake news". The US had imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from key allies the Europe Union, Canada and Mexico last week.

His economic adviser Larry Kudlow backed up the call, saying, "We're going to clean up the global trade system".

Officials from European delegations quickly leaked copies of the joint statement to AFP, and it was published publicly online before Trump tweeted.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the leaders' statement read. Trump said Saturday morning that he would insist on a sunset clause, or a permanent expiry date.

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