Trump turns tables on G-7 allies with free trade ‘proclamation’

Alicia Cross
June 10, 2018

But Trump on Friday called on world leaders to allow Russian Federation back into the G7, the group of leading industrialized democracies.

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

On Saturday, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for Russia's aggression toward its neighbor.

"This used to be the G8, not the G7, then something happened", Trump said in reference to Moscow's suspension from the group in March 2014, over the secession of Crimea from Ukraine.

But Sasse said Trump's complaints that other countries have taken advantage of the United States are unfounded, adding that he recommended "less whining on the global stage".

Speaking in a solo press conference from the resort town of La Malbaie in Quebec, the president said that for too long, USA trade has suffered from "bad" trade deals agreed to by past US presidents.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run".

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

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with US trading partners furious over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

After rumours there would be no joint closing statement because of the divisions, President Trump told reporters he believed there would be one after all.

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He arrived at the summit Friday, as trade tensions between the USA and its partners continue to mount, and he is set to depart the gathering early while other G7 members discuss how best to combat climate change.

Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

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

Manufacturing, an industry Trump focuses on, makes up about 10 percent of United States economic output.

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

Trump's administration last week ended a two-month exemption to steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

Trump's abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing the same type of tough talk on trade as when he departed the White House, accusing the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of being "indignant". He said gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday accused other countries of "robbing" the United States on trade and threatened to stop doing business with them altogether as he pushed his "America First" agenda at a Group of Seven nations summit.

The president went into the meeting under intense pressure from foreign leaders after he slapped high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, citing US national security needs.

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