Disputes over trade tariffs, Russian Federation overshadow G7 meeting

Posted June 11, 2018

A photo released on Twitter by the German government's spokesman Steffen Seibert on June 9, 2018, and taken by the German government's photographer Jesco Denzel, shows US President Donald Trump (right) talking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (center) and surrounded by other G7 leaders during a meeting of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.

The leaders of both France and Germany have already stated that they will not sign a joint statement at the conclusion of the summit unless President Trump makes some concessions on key issues, including language related to the nuclear accord with Iran.

He fired off furious tweets saying he told USA representatives "not to endorse the Communique" and accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - who hosted the summit - of being 'dishonest and weak'.

In return, Mr Trump made the French president his guest at his first White House state dinner, after which the USA president said of his visitor: "I like him a lot".

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

Asked why she allowed Trump to run rings around her, Merkel pointed to the EU's retaliatory tariffs and said, "We don't let ourselves be taken advantage of again and again".

"We don't want to stand alone in the world", Feinstein said on CNN's State of the Union.

"He was even willing to sign that socialist communique", Navarro said, referring to the joint statement of G7 nations that Trump ultimately refused to sign, and which was reportedly the result of hard-line American demands.

President Trump took issue with Trudeau's remarks on trade between the USA and Canada, in which the prime minister warned his government would take retaliatory measures if new tariffs were introduced.

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Trump will be leaving the summit four hours earlier to travel to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump criticizing the Group of Seven nations host and stepped back from the generally positive tone that had ended the two-day meeting in Quebec.

Trudeau says five of the G7 countries agreed to a plastics charter to further protect the environment and oceans. "But they're the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that- Look, Chris, this is just wrong what Trudeau is doing". All three trading partners have threatened to retaliate with their own levies against USA imports.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around". Russian Federation joined the G-7 in the 1990s, making it the Group of Eight, but was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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Mr Trump, who initially appeared ready to endorse the communique, pulled out after firing off a series of angry tweets aimed at Canadian premier Justin Trudeau.

"There are good reasons on our side to continue to fight for it but we can't count on it anymore", she said.

"I will blame them if they don't act smart and do what they have to do because they have no choice", he said.

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