Don’t retaliate against US tariffs, Trump warns

G-7 split over Trump's call to readmit Russia

G-7 split over Trump's call to readmit Russia

Trump on June 9 tweeted that based on "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted a G7 summit in Quebec, he had instructed USA representatives not to endorse the final communique, which the Canadian leader had said was agreed to by all G7 nations.

Exiting a world summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump delivered a stark warning Saturday to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

On Saturday, Mr Trump arrived late for the first working session on gender equality but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forged ahead with opening remarks without him, commenting wryly about "stragglers".

The US president then had angry words for Trudeau, saying the Canadian prime minister had "acted so meek and mild" in their joint discussions only to later pledge in a press conference that he would not be pushed around.

Minutes after the publication of a joint communique that was approved by Trump and other Group of Seven leaders at a summit in the city of Quebec, the U.S. leader announced on Twitter that he was retracting his support.

Mr. Macron, feuding with Mr. Trump over USA steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, tweeted that he and the other six leaders were prepared to turn their backs on Mr. Trump at the summit.

"We are not going to live with the deals the way they are", he said. "And that ends", Trump said.

"We're talking to all countries", he said, denouncing what he said were huge existing tariffs on United States exports around the world.

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As Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale observed, Trump spent much of the G7 summit "painting a highly inaccurate tariff picture-wrongly suggesting everyone else has high tariffs while US has none".

In their communique, 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. Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.

Canada, Mexico and the European Union also are moving ahead with their own levies on USA goods.

It was a "a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly", said the French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "It's a one-time shot and I think it's going to work out very well".

G7 officials had planned for their leaders to discuss ways to counter Russia's interference in their democracies. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat between Macron and Trump on a sofa, while Trudeau sat to the left of the USA president.

American allies are fuming over new tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the us, and over the president saying those tariffs will strengthen national security. "What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues", Trudeau said.

"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".

Prior to leaving for the gathering, President Trump said Russian president Vladimir Putin, booted from the group for annexing Crimea, should be invited to future summits.

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