Donald Trump: Top economies should drop all tariffs

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2018

Bruising for a fight, President Donald Trump barreled into the Group of Seven summit Friday, eager to confront longtime US allies over a burgeoning trade dispute and insisting Russian Federation should be brought back into the fold.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the other G7 leaders registered their "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S." on its closest allies.

But Sasse said Trump's complaints that other countries have taken advantage of the United States are unfounded, adding that he recommended "less whining on the global stage".

Trudeau responded, "I'd say NAFTA is in good shape", and they both cracked up.

Tensions between the USA and the other G7 countries have become inflamed in recent weeks as Trump imposed steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union and Canada for what the White House says are national security reasons.

Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by US trade tariffs.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", he said at a press conference before making an early exit from the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, where he met with leaders of Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan.

Trump is scheduled to leave the contentious G7 summit four hours earlier than originally planned on Saturday to fly to Singapore for his June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The leaders came armed with an array of their own statistics aimed at demonstrating to Trump that he was not right to view the U.S.as a victim.

He said: "I have been Russia's worst nightmare".

I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G-7.

The president went into the meeting under intense pressure from foreign leaders after he slapped high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, citing US national security needs.

The UK and the rest of the European Union will be slapped with a 25 percent duty on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

He said Saturday that he's also considering scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico individually.

The PM also said she had spoken to Mr Trump "briefly" at the summit about his upcoming visit to the UK.

Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion.

The June 2018 G-7 Summit at Charlevoix, Quebec, may go down as the place and time when Donald Trump, roughly five hundred days into his presidency, put his stamp on US foreign policy, just prior to his encounter with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. Trump has denied the hotel, which opened during the Klondike Gold Rush, was ever operated as a brothel. He explained that France runs trade deficits with Germany and the United Kingdom on manufactured goods, even though all three countries are part of the European Union single market and have zero tariffs between them.