Trump Turns Tables on G-7 Allies With Free-Trade ‘Proclamation’

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

The summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kicked things off without waiting for those he described as "stragglers" to arrive. "Very dishonest & weak", the president tweeted.

Just hours after agreeing to the joint communique with his G7 allies, the US president tweeted from his plane that he had told his officials to abandon American support for the document in an eye-opening move that could threaten the future of the club.

Before departing the summit, Trump doubled-down on his assertions that the USA has been subjected to unfair trade duties for many years.

As he headed to a G7 summit in Canada, Mr Trump said: "Russia should be in the meeting".

French President Emmanuel Macron responded in a "courteous but very firm tone" to present the European side of the story, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chimed in as well, the official said.

The president said he was unconcerned about raising a trade ruckus at the gathering that usually emphasizes unity and downplays its disagreements.

"I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States". I blame our past leaders. "There was no reason that this should have happened".

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free".

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

Trudeau confirmed he had warned Donald Trump his country would impose retaliatory tariffs on United States goods from July 1, denouncing Trump's decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel as "insulting" to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside USA allies.

At issue are US tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

"Trump came late, he's leaving early and he gave no ground whatsoever", Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Quebec, said.

Russian Federation was suspended from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said in a press conference Saturday. Macron, who signaled closer ties with Trudeau ahead of the summit, rebuked Trump and likened him to a rogue leader. Trump will leave the summit early to attend a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel told reporters. "Just my touch, my feel". "He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the trip to negotiate with North Korea".

"This is unknown territory in the truest sense".




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