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Trade war: European Union to put tariffs on USA after Trump’s ‘depressing’ tweets

11 June 2018

The top White House economic adviser accused Canada's prime minister on Sunday of betraying President Donald Trump with "polarizing" statements on US trade policy that risked making the American leader look weak on the eve of a historic summit with North Korea.

He fired off furious tweets saying he told United States representatives "not to endorse the Communique" and accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - who hosted the summit - of being 'dishonest and weak'.

US President Donald Trump was due to leave the Group of Seven (G7) meeting earlier than other leaders to head to Singapore for a much-anticipated summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un on June 12.

Just as the G7 meeting of the world's leading industrialised nations had seemed to weather Mr Trump's threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the group's joint statement that Mr Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.

US trading partners have been furious over Trump's decision last week to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

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Trump says they will either have a better agreement on NAFTA or two deals involving separate trade deals with both Canada and Mexico.

But Trudeau says what the leaders did this weekend was "roll up our sleeves" and figure out language they could agree to on a broad range of issues.

"The step he took after the meeting, withdrawing his acceptance of the communique, is an affront", said Juergen Hardt, a lawmaker and spokesman for foreign policy within Merkel's CDU/CSU caucus.

US President Donald Trump is seated amid a crowd of officials.

Mr Navarro said Mr Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

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In response to Mr Trump's decision to withhold U.S. support for the summit conclusions, a senior United Kingdom government source said: "We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique". "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

Trump threatened that the U.S. will stop trading with countries that maintain tariffs on his country's exports, particularly in the agricultural sector, and that he has launched the idea of eliminating all trade duties, because "ultimately that's what you want". "I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

Russian Federation was thrown out of the group in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea. A lot of people wrote a couple of things that weren't quite true. "We have a little test every once in a while when it comes to trade".

Macron said he and Trump held "open and direct" discussions, adding that he thought there was a way to get a "win-win" outcome on trade, though details remained unclear.

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Trade war: European Union to put tariffs on USA after Trump’s ‘depressing’ tweets