Trump Leaves G-7 Summit With A Call To End 'Unfair' Trade

Donald Trump at the White House IFTAR dinner

U.S. President Donald Trump and other G7 leaders had a bitter exchange over trade tariffs, ratcheting tensions at a summit that he planned to leave early on Saturday before talks on climate change and the health of oceans.

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart for travel to Singapore from the Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

He went on to personally criticize Trudeau, whom he said "acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting and he 'will not be pushed around'".

The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat trade war Saturday as US President Donald Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them ... the numbers are so astronomically against them - we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

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Along with the impact on pork, the trade retaliation also affects $387 million in US cheese sent to Mexico, the report said. The U.S. side has linked lifting its tariffs to a successful outcome of the NAFTA negotiations.

Speaking on Saturday during a rare solo news conference, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

Donilon also criticized Trump for isolating the United States at a summit where it used to be the leader.

Trump says they will either have a better agreement on NAFTA or two deals involving separate trade deals with both Canada and Mexico.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said in a press conference Saturday. "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!"

While Trump set a combative tone before even arriving at the summit with tweets about unfair trade deals, he appeared affable and joking at multiple brief photo opportunities and praised Macron for helping to work out trade issues.

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Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair worldwide competition as part of his "America First" agenda. "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in, because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", Trump said.

In his tweetstorm - and again on Saturday - the President said that such actions were hurting US farmers and "killing our agriculture".

'There will not be a sunset clause. we will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years, ' he told a news conference at the end of a Group of Seven summit in Quebec.

Trump - who regularly threatens to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement - insists that Canada and Mexico agree to a sunset clause that would allow a member nation to withdraw after five years.

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In the run-up to the G7 summit, USA relations with the most of the remaining G7 countries have deteriorated, since Washington removed an exemption on 25 percent tariffs for steel and 10 percent for aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, which prompted the bloc and Canada to roll out retaliatory measures.

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