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Trump decides to leave G7 meeting in Quebec early after trade dispute

10 June 2018, 01:47 | Vera Richards

Mr. Trump said he stood up his G7 allies who were angry over USA steel and aluminum tariffs imposed against Canada, Europe and Mexico.

Trump blamed USA leaders going back half a century for letting the country down with "unfair" trade policies.

Trump said Friday he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.

But I feel really confident", Trump said of Monday's meeting, which is the first between a North Korean leader and sitting US president, "It's never been done, It's never been tested.

Trump last appeared solo before reporters in February 2017, less than a month into his presidency.

"I figured", he said dismissively, when the questioner identified himself as representing CNN. "Angela and Emmanuel and Justin, I would say the relationshiip is a 10", he said.

He said he doesn't blame other countries for forging what he says are awful trade deals with the U.S. He blames past U.S. leaders, but warned that, "if it's not going to change, we're not going to trade with them".

The proposal comes following two days of testy back-and-forth comments on trade between the USA president and Washington's Canadian and European allies.

German Chancellor Angela Merkels office released a photograph as Trump left the summit Saturday that showed her locked in an exchange with Trump: He is seated, arms folded, wearing an inscrutable expression. Canada has been adamant it won't agree to such a clause. "And no subsidies. I even said, "no tariffs"!"

Led by the USA, the group kicked out Russian Federation in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

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He also denied the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as an "extraordinary" exchange on Friday in which Trump repeated a list of trade grievances, mainly concerning the European Union and Canada.

"We are looking for peace in the world, we are not looking to play games".

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel said.

President Trump leaves the G-7 summit after holding a press conference in the Canadian resort town of La Malbaie.

He said while the USA has kept its tariffs low to promote global free trade, other countries have left protectionist policies in place, disadvantaging the U.S.

Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has sparked anger, with even USA allies falling subject to them. He says: "That's the way it should be". He once again characterized the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada as one of the worst trade deals the United States has ever agreed to.

Trump says they will either have a better agreement on NAFTA or two deals involving separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico.

A reporter asked Trump about his relationships with the other countries in the G7 and whether he felt like alliances were shifting. He allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea.

Most leaders at the summit have clashed with Trump over new tariffs, which impose a 25 percent tax on imported steel and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum.

The president has been a disruptive force for the worldwide trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the USA with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion. "We're pretty close on the sunset division", Trump said, referencing the USA demand for a sunset clause in a final agreement.

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The summit came during an ongoing trade dispute with China and served as a precursor to his unprecedented meeting with Kim, in which he has sought to extend a hand to the Asian autocrat who has long bedeviled the worldwide order.

The U.S. leader described the meetings with his counterparts as cordial, and he repeatedly blamed past U.S. leaders for what he views as a trade imbalance.

The weekend meeting marked the first time other countries began employing new way of dealing with Trump in person, pushing back on his declarations and threats and trying to illustrate the damage he was doing to the USA economy.

Trump said he doesn't blame foreign leaders for the state of the trading relationship, instead laying blame on past US presidents who have entered into deals that, he asserts, have enriched allies while hollowing out American industry.

Trump also forced a change in the official schedule with his decision to leave the summit early to travel to Singapore, where he is scheduled to hold a historic meeting on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He did not back away or blunt his critiques, and despite first-name references to "Angela", and "Justin", Trump did little to disguise his distrust of the global consensus model of world affairs that the G-7 represents.

His statement came after considerable rancor reportedly enveloped the G-7 summit, an annual meeting in which the leaders of the seven most industrialized nations-Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - come together to discuss foreign affairs.

Trump was last to arrive for the G7 working breakfast, walking into the room when the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had almost finished his welcome and presentation speech, Efe reported.

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