Published: Tue, June 12, 2018

G7 leaders commit to fighting trade protectionism: communique

G7 leaders commit to fighting trade protectionism: communique

"He was the one who let Crimea get away - that was during his administration", he said, adding, "Crimea was let go during the Obama administration and Obama can say all he wants, but he allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea".

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped. Mulroney began working with Trudeau previous year.

In view of threatened United States tariffs on auto imports, which would particularly affect Germany, Grenell said that he was a "big vehicle fan" and knew how important the industry was.

None of this will happen if Trump is determined to pursue a protectionist policy no matter what, or if he lets his pique at friends get the best of him. You know, he starts talking about insulting Canada.

On June 1, the USA imposed a 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Trump refused to sign a joint agreement with USA allies at the end of the summit and threatened to cut off trade with them unless deals were renegotiated. "President Trump made President Trump look unstable, erratic and thin-skinned".

Trudeau didn't respond to questions about Mr. Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders, though Freeland later told reporters that "we don't think that's a useful or productive way to do business".

"We want and expect other nations to provide fair market access to American exports and that we will take whatever steps are necessary to (protect) industry and workers from unfair practices, of which there are many".

"We are polite and reasonable", Trudeau said, "but we also will not be pushed around".

They said Trudeau risked undermining the president's position at his imminent summit in Singapore with Kim Jung Un.

Senior officials of the Trump administration piled on the smears.

Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to upend the trade relationship, insisting that the the loser, and has demanded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be renegotiated or abandoned.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home in an extraordinary assault on a close U.S. ally and neighbour. These attacks are such a boon to Trudeau's image, a conspiracy theorist might reasonably conclude the prime minister paid millions in secret bribes to get Trump to publicly kick him in the gonads so he could revel in the PR windfall.

"I would rather see Russian Federation in the G-8, as opposed to the G-7".

"He was talking about the USA tariffs", CBS host Margaret Brennan said.

In the Commons, Mrs May acknowledged that the summit had been "difficult" and told MPs she had expressed her "deep disappointment" at the "unjustified" imposition of tariffs on American imports of European steel and aluminium. They cited Canada's welcome of transatlantic flights diverted to Newfoundland after the September 11, 2011, attacks, as well as its role in spiriting US diplomats out of Tehran in the wake of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

Using this metric, the USTR reports, Canada can claim a $90 billion annual surplus in goods trade, although the United States still has a large advantage in services.

The White House strategy of slamming Trudeau was the final twist to the awkward gathering in Quebec. In the prime minister's absence the House unanimously adopted a motion to stand against USA tariffs and tirades.

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