Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Trump Scorns ‘Unfair Trade’ at G-7, Maps Plan to Exit Early

Trump Scorns ‘Unfair Trade’ at G-7, Maps Plan to Exit Early

Donald Trump's fellow G7 leaders greeted the president's aggressive pre-summit bluster with a warm, reassuring breeze in an attempt to bridge their vast divide with him on trade and welcoming Russian Federation back to their fold.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

"No matter what fluctuations there are in the global situation, China and Russian Federation have always firmly taken the development of relations as a priority", Xi told Putin during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People on Friday.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", he said.

Adding an extra layer of friction to the gathering, Trump suggested that Russian Federation - which was expelled following the annexation of Crimea - should be allowed to rejoin the group. He imposed a series of steel and aluminum tariffs on several G-7 countries to redress what he said in a tweet Friday was a "long time unfair trade practiced against the United States".

She acknowledged that Canada and the US have disagreed on significant issues in the past - such as the Vietnam and Iraq wars - and still have differences today when it comes to things like climate change and the steel and aluminum tariffs.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that "Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7".

The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations. The White House then announced Trump would skip some of the G-7 sessions.

"Both share scepticism towards American hegemony and distrust U.S. intentions, both are authoritarian personalistic rulers", he said.

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He warned it is "evident" that Mr Trump and the rest of the G7 were at loggerheads over trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

Trump was the last leader to arrive at the summit and is expected to be the first to leave on Saturday, as he prepares for a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

The President of the European Council dismissed Mr Trump's leadership a "seasonal turbulence" and predicted the G7 group would prevail despite America's isolationist policies.

"I think we'll have a joint statement", Trump said.

"It won't even be hard and in the end, we'll all get along".

He has called Trump's imposition of the tariffs "irresponsible" and "insulting" because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.

He called Canadian PM Justin Trudeau "indignant" and took aim at French President Macron as well.

Trump made the comment at the White House Friday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against longtime allies over USA trade practices.

But Tusk also said the tensions within the G7 now are a serious challenge to its unity and effectiveness.

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be", Macron said in a tweet. He has also refused to condemn the Russian strongman over the Kremlin's interference in the USA presidential election, at one point suggesting he trusts Putin's denials of wrongdoing over the findings of his own intelligence agencies.

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