Trump Threatens to End All Trade With Allies

Leroy Wright
June 10, 2018

Mr Trump has told leaders that trade as at top of the his agenda for the G7 Summit.

Trump has long criticized the United States' goods deficit.

On Friday, European Council President Donald Tusk said Trump's criticism of the global rules-based order is "playing into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist".

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"The administration has also proven no fan of ocean protection, advocating drilling the high seas anywhere there's oil to be potentially found".

Thursday evening, when tensions between Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau appeared to be boiling over, the USA leader vowed to impose new tariffs and other economic penalties against Canada and the us if they didn't allow more American imports into their countries.

As he headed to the summit of G7 nations - the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, Germany and France - the USA president said: "Russia should be in the meeting".

Another posting says he is looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with the G7 countries.

The summit comes amid a fractured moment for US alliances after the tariffs the USA imposed last week on Canada, Mexico and the European Union.

"Let's say Canada, where we have tremendous tariffs".

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"We didn't do votes or anything, but it has been discussed [at the current G7 summit in Canada] Some people like the idea of bringing Russian Federation back in", the USA president said during his final press conference before departing Quebec.

Trump was departing the Canadian summit several hours early, heading to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on what he called a "mission of peace".

Blaming past U.S. leaders for "decades and decades" of bad trade deals with the US's G7 allies, which have led to hundreds of billions of dollars in trade deficits, Trump stressed that "those days are over" and promised to continue his hard-edged approach on trade to straighten out outstanding issues.

But his early departure means he will miss a working session among the leaders on climate change and clean energy, as well as talks among the G7 and poorer countries focused on the health of oceans.

President Donald Trump on Friday threatened to "terminate" the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if he is not able to reach a trade deal at the G7 Summit.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel said.

The top Nafta negotiators from the USA and Canada met earlier during the summit, after Trump in the morning complained about what he called the unfair trading practices of his Nafta partners, also including Mexico.

This year's G7 summit, which begins Friday in Canada, is set to be unusually ill-tempered, with the US facing off against the other six in the group: Germany, France, Italy, Canada, Japan and the United Kingdom.

Discussing Russia's absence, Trump made the vague comment that "something happened a while ago where Russia is no longer in".

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