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Trump’s ultimatum to G7 partners: Lift tariffs on USA goods

Russia should be in G7 whether you like it or not’ – Trump says on way to summit Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House on his way to the G7 Summit in Canada
Kenny Thornton | 10 June, 2018, 16:50

The president said the USA was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

Mr Trump and G7 leaders had a bitter exchange over trade tariffs, ratcheting tensions at the summit.

We're going to start the program at the G-7 summit in Canada, where differences between the USA and its allies have been front and center today.

Asked if in letting Russia rejoin the group, Crimea should now be recognized as part of Russia, Trump blamed his predecessor in the White House. "I did suggest it, and people were-I guess, they got to go back to the drawing board and check it out".

Trump had come to Quebec insisting on his long-standing claim that America has been exploited for too long by existing trade arrangements - and he was met by counterparts equally determined to protect the "rules-based" worldwide system.

The president said he is still prepping for his summit with Kim Jong Un, even during his trip to Canada.

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

Conte turned to Trump's favorite medium Twitter to make his point, in a sign that he is another world leader willing to use social media to bypass journalists.

He also defended the wisdom of his controversial tariffs, saying that the USA would win a trade war against its allies because "they do so much more business with us than we do with them".

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He said: "Russia should be in this meeting". He also reiterated his call for Russian Federation, which was ejected from the G8 after its invasion and annexation of Crimea, to be readmitted to the exclusive club of industrialized powers, saying his predecessor President Barack Obama was responsible for Crimea being lost.

Trump blasted both Trudeau and Macron on Twitter ahead of the G7 summit, which he was reportedly wary of attending.

"We're talking to all countries", he said, denouncing what he said were huge existing tariffs on U.S. exports around the world. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

According to Business Insider, Trump and Macron have somewhat of a tradition of sharing these awkward and intense handshakes during meetings.

This had been building to a G6-plus-one summit, with Mr. Trump facing concerted opposition on his administration's recent tariffs. Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.

But Trump appeared to take Trudeau's criticism personally, and denounced the prime minister hours after he departed the G7 summit on Saturday. "What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues", Trudeau said.

G7 leaders had meant to use the summit to confront Trump on the tariffs, which they have described as protectionist and a threat to the global economy.

Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion.

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