Trump vows a 'straightening out' of G7 trade at tense summit

Trade Tensions With Canada Rise Ahead of G-7

Trade Tensions With Canada Rise Ahead of G-7

Trump fired back at Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on social media before departing for the summit, asking "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 USA?" He walked out of the White House more than half an hour late, spent time greeting supporters gathered on the South Lawn, and then proceeded to take questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the theme of discussions center around what's being described as mutually beneficial economic growth, gender equality, clean energy among other topics.

"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices".

This week, the European Commission followed suit, confirming that it would be "rebalancing" import tariffs on US-made products into Europe in response to the sanctions, which will impact €2.8 billion (£2.5bn) of U.S. imports into the EU. We have to change it. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump tweeted. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!", he states. Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on US metals and other consumer goods.

Trump said, "I have been Russia's worst nightmare", Trump claimed, "but with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting".

A spokesman for Canada's Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed.

Although Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect USA industry, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliatory measures.

Officials conceded the mood will likely be exceptionally tense.

Although Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect US industry and workers, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliation, raising the prospect of a tit-for-tit escalation.

The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron tweeted.

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in retaliation against US tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.

Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging USA customers with astronomical tariffs on dairy products.

Trump was scheduled to leave the G7 meeting early on Saturday, to prepare for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday. The summit comes after Trump slapped tariffs on steel and aluminum, and withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - actions which have enraged Washington's allies.

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