Canada rejects Trump's bid to let Russian Federation back into G7
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 10, 2018,
Jun 10, 2018, 16:46
"Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't", McCain wrote in a tweet on Saturday in response to a series of messages sent by the president on the social media site. Mexico slapped a 25% import tariff on USA steel products, as well as 20% on pork products, 25% on bourbon and duties on other agricultural goods including cranberries.
"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all the countries of the current G7".
Canada, the summit host and the nation that has borne much of the brunt of Trump's trade fusillades in recent days, is holding out hope that progress can be made on less controversial issues such as gender equality and economic growth.
The picture, snapped Saturday by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, shows a standing Merkel with her hands firmly planted on a table staring down at Trump, who is seated with his arms folded and eyes glaring.
"I will always protect Canadian workers and Canadian interests", Trudeau said.
Another image of the same gathering however suggests a more relaxed interaction, with Merkel smiling and Trump making eye contact. And we charge nothing, ' Trump said.
"If they thought they were going to lecture Trump on the glories of free trade, they got a rude awakening".
While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilise the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an worldwide agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Speaking to reporters at the annual G-7 meeting, the president said that totally eliminating trade barriers between the nations would be "the ultimate thing" and "that's the way it should be".
'I think there are various discussions about alternatives that would not be that, and that would not be entirely destabilizing for a trade deal, and I think we are open to creativity, ' he said. Meantime, Trump was already looking ahead to his meeting with Kim Jong Un with a feeling of optimism.
He also said the US was so disadvantaged it had nothing to lose in a trade war.
"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free".
The statement that Trump reneged on was also signed by the heads of government of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, all of which have also been hit by the United States tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum. The United States' closest trading partners - the EU, Canada and Mexico - have vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on scores of U.S. products beginning in the coming weeks.
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.
"We have a very really good relationship, very special", Trump told reporters after Friday's handshake.