Trump, Trudeau swap jokes but hold firm in trade dispute

Frederick Owens
June 10, 2018

Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Differences over trade tariff disputes and calls to re-admit Russian Federation have overshadowed a summit attended by leaders from from seven of the world's wealthiest nations in Canada.

He says Russia's return as a member of the Group of Seven would be "an asset".

Until recently, Trump had good diplomatic relationships with Macron and Trudeau, but those connections appear to have soured in the past few weeks amid the tariffs controversy.

Although Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect US industry, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliatory measures.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, June 9, 2018.

Like other countries attending the summit, May has criticized US tariffs, saying on Thursday that the United Kingdom seeks to be "a great champion for free trade around the world".

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

The comments followed a string of tweets from the president railing against Canada, France and other European allies for what the president has described as an imbalanced trade relationship.

He said that he did not blame G7 leaders for the "unfair" trade deals, but previous United States presidents.

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Speaking before departing early from the summit this afternoon, a furious President Trump vowed he would no longer allow the likes of the European Union to treat the United States like a "piggy bank".

"This isn't just G7". I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100 percent. "It's going to stop".

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them. the numbers are so astronomically against them. we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!

In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about USA trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free", he said. Trudeau rejected the idea.

Before jumping on Air Force One to fly to Canada, which is hosting the summit in La Malbaie north of Quebec City, Trump called for a return to the body's pre-2014 "G8" formula.

This, he suggested, could involve "a check in and a renewal".

And he made clear that extends to the current deal the U.S.is renegotiating with its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico.

Canada and the European Union have denounced the US tariffs as illegal and unjustified and Ottawa has proposed levies on a range of USA goods next month while the European Union has pledged its own retaliatory measures.

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