US Representatives Told by Trump to Not Endorse G7 'False Statements' Communique
- Author: Tracy Klein Jun 10, 2018,
Jun 10, 2018, 4:11
The U.S. president would have been included in a G7 working session devoted to "climate change and clean energy" on the second day of the summit, officials had confirmed earlier this week.
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.
Donald Trump is embarking for the North Korea negotiations in a slump.
'This isn't just G7.
But the positivity didn't last.
"After calling out Trudeau and Macron before the summit, he took a different approach on Saturday, "[congratulating] he leaders of other countries for crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their countries and bad for the United States" and chastising his predecessors for allowing the U.S.to be taken advantage of.
In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday (local time), Mr Trump repeated a list of grievances about U.S. trade - mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official said.
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.
In the weeks leading up to the summit, he imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. The steel tariffs also affect the other G7 member, Japan, which was never granted a waiver.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sat between Macron and Trump on a sofa, while Trudeau sat to the left of the United States president.
"American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration", Trudeau said at a news conference Thursday. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing".
Shortly before his arrival at the two-day summit, Trump injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G-7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation, which was ousted from the group after it annexed Crimea in 2014. Once on the ground in Quebec, though, he turned the tables on leaders who accuse the United States of protectionism. And let us not forget the American withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement a year ago. The European leaders sought to show unity against Trump and prod him into concessions on the tariffs, or at least an agreement to talk more about them.
They issued a joint declaration that affirmed the importance of the world's multilateral institutions that included a commitment "to shared values like liberty, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law".
It also means consumers in this country pay inflated prices for milk, chicken, egg and cheese and poses an unfair and indefensible barrier to trade and competition - which would lower prices for consumers.