Trump Leaves G-7 Summit With A Call To End 'Unfair' Trade

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Leaders of the G7 nations on Saturday papered over the cracks in their alliance at a summit in Canada but came away with little more than an agreement to disagree on trade, as U.S. President Donald Trump defiantly brandished his "America First" agenda.

US President Donald Trump has left following his brief trip to Canada saying his relationship with the G7 countries is a 10 out of 10, and reports of rifts between the powerful countries are simply "fake news".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that Moscow "never asked anyone to return" to the G7 and that Russia was happy working with the G20.

But Sasse said Trump's complaints that other countries have taken advantage of the United States are unfounded, adding that he recommended "less whining on the global stage".

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 summit with fellow leaders, and in his face-to-face talk with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

He said the current system of worldwide trade has badly damaged USA interests while giving an advantage to others.

The group of industrialized democracies - the U.S., France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom - traditionally issues a joint communique at the conclusion of their annual summit. He called many current tariffs on US goods and services "ridiculous".

"When you're down $375 billion you can't lose", he said, likely referring to the trade imbalance with China.

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Trump, who aides said has scant interest in multilateralism, resumed his tirade against G7 members and their "unfair trade practices" early on Friday.

The leaders came armed with an array of their own statistics aimed at demonstrating to Trump that he was not right to view the U.S.as a victim. I think better for both countries.

Though the US appears increasingly isolated from its allies, Trump on Saturday insisted that his relationships with other leaders remains "great". "He's my friend, we have had a great relationship from the very beginning".

Trump, who left the summit in La Malbaie early ahead of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesaday, told reporters the United States needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing".

"We're not going to be able to do that work under the threat of tariffs".

The president has repeatedly threatened to terminate NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, unless it's revised.

The president also called Trudeau "indignant" on trade and accused Canada of charging the U.S. Three days after taking office, Trump formally withdrew the USA from another such landmark deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration negotiated with 11 Pacific rim nations.

French President Emmanuel Macron responded in a "courteous but very firm tone" to present the European side of the story, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chimed in as well, the official said.

Macron, for example, noted that under European Union rules France now has open borders with Britain and Germany and runs trade deficits with both - far from Trump's vision of "reciprocal" balanced trade.

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