Trump Throws Allies Curveball, Proposes G7 'Zero Tariff' Trade Zone

Trump wants Russia to rejoin G-7

Trump wants Russia to rejoin G-7

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to indicate room for negotiation ahead of a delayed meeting with Trump, telling reporters "Sometimes we disagree".

Speaking at a news conference before leaving a G7 summit in Quebec, Trump insisted that the US had always been victimized by its major allies and trading partners - flatly ignoring efforts by leaders of Europe's major industrial powers, plus Canada and Japan, to change his mind. "I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing".

Canada last week announced retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6 billion ($12.8 billion) worth of USA exports and said it will challenge US steel and aluminum tariffs under the North American Free Trade Agreement and the World Trade Organization.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted video of an intimate conversation he had with President Trump, writing "engaging, keeping the dialogue alive, now and ever".

"Russia should be in this meeting", Trump said.

Blaming past USA 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.

While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilise the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an worldwide agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The president has angered Canada, Mexico and European countries with his recent decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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Trump, who arrived late to the first meeting on gender equality today, will leave before talks on climate change and the health of oceans, after not gaining support in his grievances over USA tariffs. "And we're not going to be able to do that work when our retaliatory tariffs, which are real, they're significant", Morneau said in a Saturday interview. A statement from the G7 finance ministers specifically called out the U.S. for its policies.

The president also called Trudeau "indignant" on trade and accused Canada of charging the U.S. "Let us look at history: isolationism is bad for the American people".

Speaking in a solo press conference from the resort town of La Malbaie in Quebec, the president said that for too long, US trade has suffered from "bad" trade deals agreed to by past USA presidents.

And he said Trump's determination to bait his allies over trade and diplomatic engagements "would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist".

The Trump administration's claims that its trade is tied to national security is less of a hard fact than a political argument. Canada has proposed levies on a range of U.S. goods next month and the European Union has pledged its own retaliatory measures.

Mr Trump left the summit earlier than planned on Saturday to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which he described as a "mission of peace". Trump said he was discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

"Its like the gig is up", he said.

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free", Trump opined, calling it "the ultimate thing".

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