Trump calls Canadian PM 'dishonest and weak'

Trump calls Canadian PM 'dishonest and weak'

The trade spat has dominated the meeting, with Canada and European leaders threatening retaliatory action in response to USA tariffs on steel and aluminum. "While sending their product into our country tax free", he said.

Trump has repeatedly bashed allies who sell more goods to the USA than they buy, though Europeans openly dispute his maths on trade deficits and insist their companies create U.S. jobs.

President Donald Trump delivered a stern warning on trade to foreign countries at the Group of Seven summit on Saturday, advising trading partners not to retaliate against US tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum.

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. The president is flying to Singapore to meet with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Now, Trump and foreign leaders face a string of trade decisions that will either preserve the existing global economic system or reshape it, with millions of jobs and trillions of dollars hanging in the balance.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau continued.

Trump had entered the summit amid a spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum.

Trudeau on Saturday said the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to.

Representatives from other G7 countries said they felt as though they had made progress in conveying their positions to Trump, something many of them felt pressured to do by voters at home. He actually on his way to the meeting had said - and it wasn't clear whether this was offhandedly or not - but he called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group. President Trump is demanding the other countries change their trade policies.

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The US president then had angry words for Trudeau, saying the Canadian prime minister had "acted so meek and mild" in their joint discussions only to later pledge in a press conference that he would not be pushed around.

Despite the sharp differences, Trudeau said all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration despite having "some strong, firm conversations on trade, and specifically on American tariffs".

The pair have been at odds over whether a sunset clause would be included into any renegotiated trade agreement covering the US, Canada and Mexico, with Mr Trudeau insisting no sunset clause would be included and Mr Trump saying hours earlier that negotiators were "pretty close on the sunset provision".

At his press conference before leaving, Trump had radically suggested the seven nations cut all tariffs and other barriers to trade but also threatened to entirely stop trading with the other nations if they did not end what he described as "unfair trading practices".

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them ... the numbers are so astronomically against them? we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

French President Emmanuel Macron's office reacted Sunday by saying that "international cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

Trump also repeated an earlier proposal that US trading partners should drop all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies to industries and producers in their own countries.

Trump had grumbled to aides ahead of the meeting that he didn't want to go sit through lectures from the other leaders, and he mused about sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place. "I would say the relationship is a 10".

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