Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends


FRENCH President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that "things were moving forward" at a G7 summit in Canada as he held talks with Donald Trump that focused on the USA president's decision to slap tariffs on America's allies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

Both President Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have stressed the need for respectful dialogue but say they will push back against new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, as they have on other issues.

The joint communique was confirmed by Prime Minister Trudeau, who said that Trump's tough talk on trade shows that there is a lot of work to be done between the countries.

Trump appeared to have taken notice and pushed back: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said in a tweet.

Throughout the escalation in rhetoric, Trudeau slammed Trump's tariffs in several media appearances, calling the decision "totally unacceptable" and "insulting". Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!

Trump was on board Air Force One when he issued a series of tweets on Saturday, attacking Trudeau who he called "very dishonest" and "weak" and apparently pulling out of the joint statement.

G7 leaders issued a joint pledge Saturday to combat protectionism and cut trade barriers as they wrapped up a fractious summit in Canada soured by a row over the U.S. imposition of tariffs on its allies.

The Prime Minister said the United Kingdom still wanted to discuss a post-Brexit trade deal with the U.S. and said Mr Trump was still looking forward to July's visit to Britain.

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French President Emmanuel Macron responded in a "courteous but very firm tone" to present the European side of the story, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chimed in as well, the official said.

The US president also repeated his call for Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table. "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.

The president also referred to Trudeau's "false statements", which he didn't explain.

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President Trump proposed a major shakeup of the world's economic order during a summit in Canada this week, suggesting the world's big economies drop all tariffs and market-distoring subsidies and go to a fully free system of trade.

Mr Trump yesterday also reiterated his stance on the need to bring Russian Federation back into the fold of the worldwide community.

Trump's tweets about not signing the communique were sent while he was traveling to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un.

Mr Trump also said his fellow G-7 leaders had expressed their commitment to containing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron said in another tweet. "And no subsidies. I even said, 'no tariffs, '" Trump insisted while defending his decision to impose a global tariff on USA imports of steel and aluminium.