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White House ramps up verbal attacks on Trudeau

10 June 2018

The sides had managed to eke out a compromise final summit statement that pledged to protect the global rules-based order and reform the trade system.

"We'll either leave it the way it is as a threesome deal" and "change it very substantially", Trump said Saturday in La Malbaie, Quebec, speaking to reporters before departing the Group of Seven leaders' meeting.

Trump - who has a history of hair-trigger responses to slights - landed in Singapore on Sunday for the Tuesday summit meeting with Kim. In that black-and-white photo, posted by US Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump appears to talk confidently as other leaders listen.

Asked about the criticism from McCain, Kudlow said Trump had spent much of the summit advocating trade policies McCain would support.

With Macron, on the back of a cozy meeting at the White House last month, Trump said they had a "good relationship" although he admitted they were having some issues on trade.

Speaking in a solo press conference from the resort town of La Malbaie in Quebec, the president said that for too long, US trade has suffered from "bad" trade deals agreed to by past USA presidents.

But foreign leaders publicly and pointedly rejected Trump's demands, raising the possibility of further escalation - particuarly after Trump's recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum from the European Union, Canada and Mexico and said doing so protected United States national security.

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"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be, and no subsidies", he said, warning that other countries could lose access to the United States if they don't reduce trade barriers.

Earlier while still in Quebec, Trump said he wants to make a deal on NAFTA, and he's open to working with the current pact or striking separate agreements with Canada and Mexico - as long as they agree to renegotiate every five years. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they were "close to a deal", but added that there was also discussion of shifting to a bilateral deal.

Trump said the leaders discussed the question of Russia's inclusion in the group but reached no conclusion.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington. A subsequent visit in April this year warranted only a working lunch for the German leader, several days after fellow European Union leader Macron got the full, formal state dinner treatment from Trump.

Russian Federation seemed unconcerned. State news agencies quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying, "We are putting the emphasis on other formats". The country was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

According to BBC, Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Italy, Japan, and Germany agreed on "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", as well as, the importance to fight protectionism.

He added that the U.S.is like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing.

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It is perhaps more surprising that Mr Trump still faces people who think he can be persuaded by facts.

Trump and USA allies may need some moisturizer more than Pruitt from the severe tariff chafing they experienced at the G7 summit.

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.

"We have a very good relationship with President Trump, we work with President Trump, the United Kingdom has a very good relationship with the U.S.", she said. A little bit accurate, perhaps.

G-7 leaders had hoped the annual summit here would strengthen ties that had been tested by trade disputes.

Trudeau said he told Trump in candid conversations that USA steel and aluminum tariffs imposed this month were "insulting" and that Canada will move forward with counter-tariffs.

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White House ramps up verbal attacks on Trudeau