Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Trump warns against EU trade reprisals after stormy G7 summit

Mikhail Metzel  TASS Mikhail Metzel TASS
Kenny Thornton | 12 June, 2018, 23:18

Taking stock of the on-going turmoil in war-ridden Afghanistan, Putin said, "It is crucial that we fight the terrorist threat emanating from that country in unison, curb drug production and trafficking and render aid to Afghanistan in its national reconciliation, economic revival and stabilisation".

That means he will have left Canada by the time the other leaders begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of Washington's trade and diplomatic policies. He says: "That's the way it should be". Russian Federation backs President Bashar al-Assad and had threatened to shoot down any USA missiles fired at the country.

Xi and Putin called the US decision to leave the Iranian nuclear deal "disappointing" in their joint statement, and said it was of "fundamental importance" to protect trade relations with the Islamic Republic against "unilateral extraterritorial sanctions".

Trump, talking to reporters as he left the White House for this weekend's G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, asked, "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation being in the meeting?" And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump was rewarding a country that is "assaulting democratic institutions all over the world".

The US has slapped a 25% tariff on imports of steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union. In a series of tweets from Singapore, Trump kept up the tirade while contending that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal".

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit but no bilateral meeting.

"President Putin and I both think that the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership is mature, firm and stable", Xi told reporters after the meeting in Beijing on Friday.

When the prospect of such a meeting was recently floated in the media and by the U.S. Ambassador in Moscow Jon Huntsman the usual suspects went into convulsions. The White House did not say what the president would talk about. Such tumultuous trade policy has grown into a major irritant in relations with allies, including Canada and France, which had earlier been ready to go a long mile to build rapport with the maverick U.S. president (Forbes.ru, June 8).

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"What worries me most is the fact that the rules-based global order is being challenged - quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor, the US", said European Council President Donald Tusk.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday delivered a stark message to President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence appears to mimic Trump in viral video Senior Trump aide and key player in North Korea summit eyeing White House exit: report McConnell: Senate won't pass bill reining in Trump's tariff authority MORE, promising to resist "hegemony" and warning that no leader lasts forever.

The summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kicked things off without waiting for those he described as "stragglers" to arrive. The two leaders will nearly certainly ignore such "mundane" matters as climate change or gender equality; their views on migration are also quite far apart; and the joint counter-terrorism agenda is effectively exhausted.

The G-7 left the door open for Russian Federation to rejoin if Moscow fulfills its worldwide obligations, which so far Russian Federation has not done.

Trump was seated between Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and Christine Whitecross, a Canadian lieutenant general.

This year's G7 summit, held in Quebec, Canada, on June 8-9, was overcome by seemingly unprecedented controversies even before United States President Donald Trump suggested bringing Russian Federation back into this elite club of the world's largest liberal-democratic economies. Then he tried to ease tension with friendly banter and vague claims of progress in trade talks.

Canada and the European Union have denounced the USA tariffs and Ottawa has proposed levies on a range of US goods next month while the European Union has pledged its own retaliatory measures.

Mr Trump was already at odds with the rest of the group - the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan - over the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium.

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