Donald Trump to leave meeting early, missing environmental talks

Casey Dawson
June 10, 2018

On Saturday, Mr Trump arrived late for the first working session on gender equality but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forged ahead with opening remarks without him, commenting wryly about "stragglers". Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the tariffs on the former two countries were due to a lack of progress in NAFTA talks.

He added: "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

"He's happy", said Trump, to laughter.

Trump left the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans.

"We have to have deals that are fair", Trump said.

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America's G7 allies.

"If they thought they were going to lecture Trump on the glories of free trade, they got a rude awakening".

Before departing the summit, Trump doubled-down on his assertions that the U.S. has been subjected to unfair trade duties for many years.

The group of industrialized democracies - the U.S., France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom - traditionally issues a joint communique at the conclusion of their annual summit.

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In today's postings, Trump says he is heading to Canada for G7 talks that will mostly centre on the longtime, unfair trade practices aimed at the United States. Trump tweeted early Friday morning before he was to leave Washington for Quebec.

Donald Trump says several other G7 states support the idea of reversing Moscow's banishment from the exclusive global club, and claims that the previous administration "allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea".

Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada. The U.S. president has recently whacked all the other members of the G7 with hefty steel and aluminum tariffs and is threatening to also impose tariffs on auto imports, which would also hit them hard.

In recent weeks, he has imposed a number of punitive tariffs on the European Union and Canada, which only served to heighten the tension between the US and its allies that has been brewing since Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

In his tweetstorm - and again on Saturday - the President said that such actions were hurting USA farmers and "killing our agriculture".

He engaged in a bitter war-of-words with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, a day before the summit began.

A French official, speaking to the Reuters news service on background, said the seven countries were likely to produce a joint communiqué but the final text would make clear that on topics such as the environment, the United States did not share the point of view of the other six members.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said in a press conference Saturday.

That move was met with criticism at home, including from Republicans, and announcements of retaliatory tariffs from USA allies.

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