Donald Trump says G7 leaders ‘fully understand’ his position on trade

Erika Holt
June 10, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders' summit, which is wrapping up Saturday. "Our relationship is very good", Trump said during a photo session with Trudeau before private talks, where both leaders cracked jokes in front of reporters.

Mr Trump is leaving early to head to Singapore for his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meaning he will miss some of the topics advanced by Mr Trudeau.

Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canada 'particularly did not take lightly the fact that [the tariffs were] based on a national security reason'. He says "we're not looking to play games".

Trump, who railed against globalization in his election campaign, said he wanted all G7 nations to remove any tariffs, subsidies and other trade barriers.

She said: "Where we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so, and air the issue openly and frankly".

Trump called for Russia's reinstatement to the group before he arrived at the annual summit taking place in Quebec.

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Other G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have also spoken out against the USA tariffs.

Until recently, Trump had good diplomatic relationships with Macron and Trudeau, but those connections appear to have soured in the past few weeks amid the tariffs controversy.

President Donald Trump and Group of Seven leaders during a meeting on the second day of a two-day summit in Canada.

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That comment has Trump squarely offside with this fellow G7 leaders, including Canada, who view Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and its meddling in western elections as a major worldwide security concern.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump wrote on Twitter early Friday morning. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the USA president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

The Canadian official said Trudeau remained optimistic that the summit could help find common solutions to issues such as growth and environmental protection.

The president says the U.S.is "pretty close" to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement and discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

The trade spat has dominated the meeting, with Canada and European leaders threatening retaliatory action in response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum.

With Trudeau, Trump joked that "Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers between Canada and the United States".

Trump said he had not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while.

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals", the USA president said.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump told reporters in the Quebec resort town of La Malbaie.

On Wednesday, the European Union announced $3 billion worth of tariffs on USA products in retaliation would go into effect next month.

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