Trump trades easy banter with allies but differences persist

  • Trump trades easy banter with allies but differences persist

Trump trades easy banter with allies but differences persist

"Very dishonest and weak" he claimed, adding in a separate tweet: "I have instructed our United States reps not to endorse the communique".

Trump also bluntly threatened to end trade with countries that refused to lower their tariffs on the U.S.

Speaking during an impropmtu news conference at the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, Trump said his ultimate goal was the elimination of all trade duties.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have presented a united front against what they say are protectionist trade measures by Trump - particularly his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat between Macron and Trump on a sofa, while Trudeau sat to the left of the USA president.

Despite the tension and determination of European leaders President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back on Trump's assault on the world trade system, when Trump left it was thought a compromise had been reached.

'Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around, ' Trudeau said.

Trudeau noted how, earlier in the day, G7 countries announced they had raised more than $3.8 billion in an effort with other countries to send the world's poorest girls to school. Trump wrote in one tweet.

But Trudeau pointed to firm commitments from some members of the G7 to promote cleaner oceans and fund better access to education for girls in poor countries.

The charter will recognize the role that plastics play in economies, and that the approach to using them poses a threat to the marine environment. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

His early departure from the G7 meant he will miss sessions on climate change and the environment. Nevertheless, the statement is a positive step toward worldwide cooperation, said Trudeau. It is the second time that Trump refused to join his G7 counterparts in committing to the accord. "I think it will be very positive", Trump said on Friday, without giving details.

But Trudeau objected strenuously to a sunset clause of any length.

According to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, Moscow should "change ways" before its reunification with the G7.

"I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the U.S., I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7". "If you put an expiry date on any trade deal, that's not a trade deal".

In the comments that later angered Trump, Trudeau closed the summit with a strong rebuke to the US president's threats on trade, saying they were "kind of insulting" and warning that Canada would issue retaliatory measures beginning on July 1.

Canada hosts this year's G7 in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration", Trudeau said at a news conference Thursday.

This time around, Trudeau seemed to admit that the president had become set in his ways.

Trump is hoping to get Kim to agree to shut down his nuclear weapons programme in what will be a monumental win for the president who a year ago was locked in a war of words with Kim that some feared would escalate into a world war.

Trudeau said the summit gave leaders an "opportunity to join forces, and sometimes to settle disputes".

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals", the USA president said.