Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summit

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2018

Speaking from China where Putin was attending a regional security summit, Peskov said that in their last telephone conversation on March 20 the Russian and United States leaders had also mentioned possibly meeting in Vienna.

The announcements come as Mr. Trump seeks to make headway on the deep US trade deficit, saying the country has been taken advantage of for too long, and he is fighting back.

The EU and Canada have taken steps to retaliate.

'I have not spoken to Vladimir Putin for quite a while.

Germany along with other European Union members, Canada and Mexico were stung last week when Trump imposed tariffs on imports of their aluminum and steel to the United States. He also said he hopes to improve Russian-American relations.

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"He must mean there are 10 things on which we totally disagree", the diplomat said.

Trump repeated a list of grievances about USA trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

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Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada.

Trump, who repeated that his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair worldwide competition, said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

The president, who told reporters that the meeting was "not contentious", is scheduled to fly directly to Singapore, where a much-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un awaits.

The EU then announced tariffs on U.S. goods ranging from Harley-Davidson motorcycles to bourbon. They also explained how his protectionist policies had given them no choice but to retaliate with tariffs of their own.

Trump, who is obsessed with his media coverage and has labeled the press "the enemy of the people", defended the steady stream of attacks.

Trump's tariffs initially went into effect in March, aimed specifically at China, but the White House announced in May that the three allies would no longer be exempt from the taxes. Why are we having a meeting without them?

"Foreign actors seek to undermine our democratic societies and institutions, our electoral processes, our sovereignty and our security", the G7 leaders said in a statement.

While the consensus-based G7 might well agree on the benefits of both free and fair trade between economic allies, it appears what that could look like it still up for debate. "Canada can't believe it got away with it".

Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues. He also made controversial comments to reporters calling for Russian Federation, which had been kicked out of the G8 in 2014 over its Crimea invasion, to have its membership reinstated.