Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Donald Trump says Russian Federation should be be allowed to rejoin G7

Donald Trump says Russian Federation should be be allowed to rejoin G7

MORE rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying that the USA will not endorse a joint communique signed with the other Group of Seven (G-7) members at this weekend's summit and seemingly threatening to impose further tariffs on the country.

In a followup tweet, Trump targeted Trudeau again, saying he "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'".

Trump, who is on his way to Singapore for a summit with North Korea's leader, also reiterated warnings that his administration was mulling tariffs "on automobiles flooding the United States market" in a move that would be primarily aimed at another G7 member, Germany.

Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a joint press conference after private talks the night before to form a united front ahead of the Group of Seven summit that begins Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting at the G-7 summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two [separate]'ll have a sunset".

"We will continue to demonstrate that we're interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I'm defending American interests because these tariffs they're putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well", Trudeau said Thursday.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat between Macron and Trump on a sofa, while Trudeau sat to the left of the USA president.

Trudeau said the G7 had agreed to an "ambitious" communique, but he acknowledged the leaders left La Malbaie without significantly transforming Trump's increasingly confrontational approach to trade.

The attack shattered any hope that Canada could avoid USA tariffs on steel and aluminium or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement by virtue of the charm, patience or measured response it has extended to Trump since he took office.

At a gathering of governors of all the states at the White House, Trump said: "Now, the prime minister, who I think is a fantastic man, called me the other day and said we are lowering it to 50%".

Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the United States and has insisted that it be renegotiated.

Trudeau's office, reeling from the abrupt Trump reversal hours after the two men had joked and smiled their way through a fractious G7 meeting, said only that Trudeau had said nothing in his news conference that he hadn't said before.

The tweets will be a serious and completely unexpected blow to the French president Emanuel Macron and the German chancellor Angela Merkel, who believed a deal to smooth over tensins on US-European trade had been agreed.

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He described the meeting as a rare opportunity for Jong-un to do something "great" for his people and the world and said he felt "confident" he the talks would end well.

As The Guardian reports, the Comminique is actually "a joint statement [among all attending leaders] vowing to fight back against protectionism and pledging to follow established trade rules, in spite of clear differences between the USA and their counterparts in the worldwide group".

Trump has periodically expressed skepticism about the US intelligence community's conclusion that the Kremlin meddled in the 2016 election that he won, and he has forcefully rejected assertions that Russian Federation was responsible for his victory.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations. The statement had been published online before Trump commented.

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

Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico. They could also damage Japan and Germany.

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