Theresa May slams 'UNJUSTIFIED' Trump tariffs as TRADE WAR with European Union looms

Theresa May slams 'UNJUSTIFIED' Trump tariffs as TRADE WAR with European Union looms

Theresa May slams 'UNJUSTIFIED' Trump tariffs as TRADE WAR with European Union looms

Over the course of his presidency, Trump has inflamed allies with his isolationist policies, including withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord and the worldwide Iran nuclear agreement.

Trump said on Twitter he directed officials not to endorse the communique as a response to comments made by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference after Trump left for his meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Before Trudeau's announcement, there had been speculation that the USA might be excluded from the communique due to high tensions between Trump and some G-7 leaders over recently imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sniped about "stragglers" after Trump was late to a breakfast session on gender equality.

Reacting to Trump's tweets, Trudeau's office said: "We are focussed on everything we accomplished here at the summit".

The remarks prompted Trump to accuse Trudeau of making "false statements" and to say the United States would not endorse the G7 communique.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations.

Trump also said NAFTA negotiators were "pretty close" to agree on some kind of sunset provision, which could allow the trade agreement to be renegotiated every five years.

The American leader said a three-country deal would only be possible with substantial changes, and reiterated his interest instead in forming separate two-way trade accords with Mexico and Canada - an interest Canada has made clear it does not share.

Trump issued the tweets from Air Force One just as Canada released the joint statement.

Speaking before departing early from the summit this afternoon, a furious President Trump vowed he would no longer allow the likes of the European Union to treat the United States like a "piggy bank".

US President Donald Trump says Group of 7 leaders should invite Russian Federation to rejoin their yearly summits. He said other world leaders reacted positively to the idea.

"The simple fact is that more trade has been overwhelmingly beneficial to USA families and to net USA job creation for 75 straight years, and pretending America has been taken advantage of - that is, pretending that we're losers - isn't true".

And more: "Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". "While sending their product into our country tax free. We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades - and that is long enough", he continued.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", they said.

They also stepped up Trump's assault on Trudeau himself - unprecedented in the neighbouring countries' longstanding relationship.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte - a rookie populist who's been on the job only a week - fuelled the disharmony amongst the G7 by tweeting his support for the US president's position. Several other leaders have threatened retaliatory tariffs. "Both of those things could happen", Trump said, warning that it would be "very bad" for Canada and Mexico if no deal could be reached among the three countries.

Despite the tension, the president was greeted cordially by Trudeau as he arrived at the annual gathering, held this year at a picturesque Quebec resort. At one point, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen having a brief, intense one-sided conversation with a stony-faced Trump on Friday.

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