Monday, 15 October, 2018

Trump talks tariffs, NAFTA and G7 relationships as he leaves summit early

Trump falsely accuses Canada of burning down White House in War of 1812 (report) Macron compares phone calls with Trump to sausages
Kenny Thornton | 10 June, 2018, 00:18

PARIS French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday his phone calls with US President Donald Trump and other world leaders were like sausages - better not explain what is inside.

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free", he said.

Trump is telling reporters that he told world leaders that the USA will take whatever steps necessary to prevent unfair foreign trade practices.

Macron also said this to reporters, setting the current diplomatic tone quite nicely: "When you're saying that President Trump doesn't really care, maybe you're right, but no one lives forever". "But you have to ask that question to President Obama", Trump said. Earlier this week, Merkel said the group is defined by its members' respect of worldwide law, and Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was a "flagrant breach" of that. The president said Saturday that re-admitting Russian Federation to the elite club would be "an asset", telling reporters, "we're looking for peace in the world". Trump is heading to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet on Monday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump announced the move last month to the dismay of partners in Europe and beyond who were left scrambling to keep the landmark 2015 agreement in place.

Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the hard ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The president has been a disruptive force for the worldwide trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the USA with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion.

And this: "Why isn't the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies". But Vice President Mike Pence called and demanded he agree to a clause that would end NAFTA unless the three countries agreed to extend it every five years.

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.

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Prince Charles , Harry, Kate Middeton, Prince William were all out front for the spectacle. Meghan is wearing a Carolina Herrera dress, a Philip Treacy hat, and Birks rings.

Macron said: "We'll all be behind him to support this essential initial initiative in the fight for global denuclearization". He also said the G7 group was bound together by shared values and beliefs.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will address the media at 4 p.m. ET.

In an earlier Twitter post, Trump said the United States would emerge victorious if other nations refused to accede to his trade demands, suggesting he plans to employ a take-it-or-leave-it bargaining position with other world leaders at the Group of Seven summit here.

The summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kicked things off without waiting for those he described as "stragglers" to arrive.

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But details are scant so far, and clear differences are remaining.

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

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.

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