Trump torpedoes G7 effort to ease trade spat, threatens auto tariffs

Russia should return to G8 - Conte (2)

Russia should return to G8 - Conte (2)

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

Trump tweeted his reversal after what he called "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he labeled "dishonest and weak".

Germany continued to support the "jointly agreed communique" despite Trump's decision to back away, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement on Sunday. "The prime minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president".

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agrees with US President Donald Trump's idea to bring Russian Federation back to the Group of Eight (G8), as he himself wrote on Twitter on Friday, TASS reports.

Kudlow suggested Trump saw Trudeau as trying to weaken his hand before that meeting, saying the president won't "let a Canadian prime minister push him around".

Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

Trump infuriated his G7 allies recently by slapping them with the hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

In recent weeks, Trump has criticized Canada's trade policies and Trudeau himself on Twitter. Trump, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday, pointed fingers at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, stating that "they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Trudeau also took a jab at President Trump, who arrived late for a gender equality meeting.

Ahead of his departure, Trump had criticised his predecessors for negotiating "unfair" trade deals.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", Trump said.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the post-summit statement by the G7 leaders, which was released about an hour before Trump's fresh rant, read.

Canadian officials, including Trudeau, have fanned across America as part of a months-long charm offensive to appeal to pro-trade Republicans at every level. "But he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture", the U.S. president said.

Trump has repeatedly bashed allies who sell more goods to the USA than they buy, though Europeans openly dispute his maths on trade deficits and insist their companies create United States jobs.

Trudeau on Saturday rejected a USA demand for a sunset clause in NAFTA but said he was prepared to compromise on the issue, which is holding up talks to update the 1990s-era pact.

Sharply criticizing Trump's remarks on tariffs, Trudeau promised that Canada would answer with its own on July 1 unless the USA reversed course.

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