Trump disrupts G7 gender equality meeting by arriving late
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 10, 2018,
Jun 10, 2018, 21:11
But I feel really confident", Trump said of Monday's meeting, which is the first between a North Korean leader and sitting USA president, "It's never been done, It's never been tested. Facing pointed criticism from increasingly disillusioned allies, he punched back, uncowed by the growing global outcry.
No tariffs, no barriers. He declared, "We have to straighten it out".
The Canadian prime minister's office responded to Trump's tweets accusing Trudeau of "false statements" on Saturday, saying that the Prime Minister said nothing during the G7 summit that he had not said previously. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the USA president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Nafta negotiators are "pretty close" to agreeing on some kind of sunset clause, a sticking point in talks, while warning the three-way pact can only survive if major changes are made. "If you put an expiry date on any trade deal, that's not a trade deal". Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.
"We had a very direct and open discussion", Macron told reporters Friday of his one-on-one with Trump. Readmitting Russia to the group would be an "asset", according to the president.
"We will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years".
Trump is not the first politician to make the realpolitik argument that Russian Federation belongs at the G-7 table, but his position is a turnabout from the Obama administration, which condemned the 2014 annexation and imposed sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment. Trudeau stuck our president in the back.
He told the G7 leaders during the summit that the United States wanted a quick end to trade practices that he said have led to an exodus of American companies and jobs to other countries. The European Union also attends.
He left the summit early to travel to Singapore for a landmark meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to persuade him to give up the country's nuclear weapons.
When Trump left Quebec, it was thought that a compromise had been reached, despite the tension and the determination of European leaders Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back against the U.S. president's protectionist policies.
Earlier in the day, Trump had said there should be "tariff free" trade between the G-7 nations, though he did not elaborate on how or whether the United States would reduce barriers.
It was a "a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly", said the French official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Just minutes after a joint communique that had been approved by the other leaders of the Group of Seven allies was published, Trump launched a Twitter broadside from aboard Air Force One. Trump said he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.
Mr. Trump also warned that retaliating against the US tariffs would be a "mistake", suggesting that the USA might just not deal with countries who fail to treat the U.S.at his standards.
Trump placed the blame on his predecessor, President Barack Obama. Macron tweeted a short video of the two together, saying: "Sharing, reaching out, always, to promote the interests of the French people, and all those who believe in a world we can build together".