Trump issues warning to trade partners over retaliatory tariffs

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C

Trump issues warning to trade partners over retaliatory tariffs

He rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being "dishonest & weak" and making "false statements".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forcefully responded to Donald Trump's trade threats at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, vowing Saturday that Canada won't be "pushed around" in a confrontation with the U.S.

During a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Mr Macron was asked about a CNN report on Monday, saying that a phone call between him and Mr Trump last week had been "terrible".

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around" - host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells a post-summit press conference of his plans to impose his own tariffs on USA imports in retaliation to similar measures by Trump.

Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday. "Our tariffs are in response to his 270 percent on dairy".

After Trudeau said he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the USA had signed on, Trump announced that the USA would reverse its decision and not sign on to the statement after all.

Trump - who left the summit earlier than scheduled - demanded on Saturday that G-7 countries reduce their trade barriers and has adamantly defended the tariffs on aluminum and steel he placed on US allies.

Trudeau said he told Trump that readmitting Russian Federation "is not something that we are even remotely looking at at this time".

His words contained nothing he had not said before, both in public and in private conversations with Mr Trump, his office said later. "Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around".




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In retrospect, the consensus on ground had appeared shaky from the outset, and even as Trump flew out it was clear that the summit had failed to heal the rift on trade.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced, though she acknowledged that differences with the United States remained.

"We had a very direct and open discussion and I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreement and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers and our middle classes". Or we'll stop trading with them. "Maybe it doesn't bother the American president to be isolated, but it doesn't bother us to be six if need be".

Trump will now begin his almost 20-hour journey to Singapore where he is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, a tête-à-tête created to encourage the rogue state to end its nuclear program.

Trump left before the end of the summit on Saturday.

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