Trump Threatens To End Trade With United States' Closest Allies

Leroy Wright
June 10, 2018

'There will not be a sunset clause. we will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years, ' he told a news conference at the end of a Group of Seven summit in Quebec. Although Mr. Trump signed onto the communique for the G-7 summit, he tweeted afterward that he had instructed representatives "not to endorse" it after Trudeau's statements. The G7's finance ministers meet more often.

"But, with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting", he added. Bannon said China is "now on notice that Trump will not back down from even allies" complaints in his goal of "America First'".

The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts. Canada, very unfairly. Mexico, very unfairly. Canada is strongly of the opposite view, with Trudeau calling that rationale "insulting" since Canada and the US are so integrated on continental defence and security issues. "Not fair to our farmers!", his Twitter feed states.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had hoped to visit Washington last week to complete what he thought would be the final stages of the NAFTA renegotiation.

The US president accused other states of "robbing" his country through their trade policies.

Before departing the summit, Trump doubled-down on his assertions that the U.S. has been subjected to unfair trade duties for many years. "We'll have a better deal".

President Trump proposed a major shakeup of the world's economic order during a summit in Canada this week, suggesting the world's big economies drop all tariffs and market-distoring subsidies and go to a fully free system of trade. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the USA president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"Russia should be in this meeting".

Trudeau said five of the G7 countries agreed to a plastics charter to further protect the environment and oceans.

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Trump tweeted Friday. "Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!"

In recent weeks, he has imposed a number of punitive tariffs on the European Union and Canada, which only served to heighten the tension between the USA and its allies that has been brewing since Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

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

Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.

Trump was reacting to comments made by Trudeau on Saturday in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the Americans did not remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

In the brief photo opportunity that started their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the fractious G7 summit, Trump followed Trudeau's diplomatic introduction by joking that Trudeau had backed down on retaliatory tariffs.

"Naturally we can not force the United States to change their mind", said Tusk, who is a former prime minister of Poland and is now president of the European Council.

"So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way".

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