“Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around”, Trudeau had told reporters as he reiterated that Canada would retaliate against USA tariffs on steel and aluminium, adding Trump’s rationale had been insulting.
In an “extraordinary” exchange between the leaders on Friday, Mr. Trump repeated a list of grievances about USA trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.
Trump’s salvo capped a dizzying two days of controversies that began with his suggestion Russian Federation be readmitted to the G7, then what a French official described as a “rant” full of “recriminations” against USA trading partners, followed by Trump’s denial of any contention with leaders at the summit and his description of their relationship as a “10”.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday rejected a USA demand for a sunset clause in NAFTA but said he was prepared to compromise on the issue, which is holding up talks to update the 1990s-era pact.
The president’s sharp comments came as he is now en route to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, set to be held on Tuesday.
Previous G7 summits have seen large-scaled anti-globalization protests.
The American leader said a three-country deal would only be possible with substantial changes, and reiterated his interest instead in forming separate two-way trade accords with Mexico and Canada – an interest Canada has made clear it does not share.
The furious United States president, speaking in Quebec, Canada, said the U.S. had been “taken advantage of for decades and decades” by the res too the world. Despite his sharp differences with USA allies, the president insisted he has a “great relationship” with his foreign counterparts. Angela and Emmanuel and Justin.
He said he “came up with the term fake news” because much of the USA press “is very dishonest”.
“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”, Trump said in a tweet on Thursday. “I did suggest it and people I guess were going to go back to the drawing board”. You can go back 50 years frankly.
A G7 summit dominated by disagreement over trade between the USA and its key allies has failed to deliver a breakthrough as the meeting enters its second and final day.
He said he could tell from the smiles of European leaders at the G7 that they knew that “the gig is up” and that they would negotiate terms with Washington.
Trump’s recent moves, building on 18 months of nationalist policy-making, leave him out of step with the globally minded organization and prompted speculation that the group could fracture into something more like the “G-6 plus one”.
What else did Trump have to say?
“We’re looking for peace in the world”.
At his closing news conference, Trudeau had repeated his prior statements that he believed the US’s national-security rationale for imposing steel and aluminum tariffs was “insulting”, and that Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs.
Republicans worry the dispute with Canada could become an issue in trade-dependent farm states ahead of November congressional elections.
According to Trump, who blamed the USA leaders who preceded him for the current trade deficits, the answer is a change in the entire global trading system.
“President Trump wants nothing less than wiping out Canadian dairy farming”.