Trump torpedoes G7 effort to ease trade spat and threatens auto tariffs

Trump torpedoes G7 effort to ease trade spat and threatens auto tariffs

Shortly after Mr. Trudeau said that he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the United States was also included, Mr. Trump announced that Washington would reverse its decision and not sign the statement.

Trump accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements", and threatened new automobile tariffs in a series of tweets he posted after leaving the talks in Charlevoix, Quebec. Shortly afterward, the White House issued a separate photo showing a sitting Trump speaking as Merkel, Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen.

American tariffs are in response to Canada's tariffs of "270% on diary" delivered by the USA, he said.

The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the USA, the UK, Germany, Japan and Italy.

But Trump's outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed, and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large USA market.

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"We need to work together to ensure all women and girls have access to quality education and modern skills training", Trudeau said.

"There will not be a sunset clause ... we will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years", he told a news conference at the end of a Group of Seven summit in Quebec. "And we charge nothing", he said.

Leading up to the meetings, Trump, Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron had suggested the potential for a tough tone, though they were cordial in face-to-face meetings.

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"Concerns were expressed that the tariffs imposed by the United States on its friends and allies, on the grounds of national security, undermine open trade and confidence in the global economy", the statement said.

Mr. Trudeau, along with other leaders of the G-7, have criticized Mr. Trump's proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum to stop the allies from taking "advantage" of the U.S.

According to a report by the Independent, the joint communique stated that the G7 nations need to evaluate worldwide trade rules and develop new ones, if necessary, going forward to ensure an equal trading playing field.

But the summit host, Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south.

The top German diplomat specifically referenced Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accords, and the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum as unfathomable measures to take against his nation's closest allies.

The Trump administration announced two weeks ago that it would investigate whether auto imports hurt USA national security, the first step toward tariffs similar to the ones he imposed on steel and aluminum imports last week.

There was little expectation of a major breakthrough at the summit - held in the mountainous Quebec village of La Malbaie - on trade given Mr. Trump's temperament and long-held protectionist ideology, but the President insisted he got along well with Mr. Trudeau and other leaders who stood up to him.

Trump added: "Very dishonest & weak". Afterward, he said that talks had been "extremely productive" on trade and other issues.

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