Trump to Macron: EU Worse Than China on Trade

French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron

"In a culture of open discussion, it's possible that we don't agree on all points", Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Friday. "And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether", he said, speaking in English.

"We have massive trade deficits with nearly every country". Canada and Mexico, the other members of the 1994 pact, have been frustrated by the slow pace of talks to renegotiate NAFTA.

The remarks caused an immediate reaction from the G7's other leaders.

The White House announced an early exit from the summit on Thursday night after French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled they would use the G7 event to take a stance against new USA tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, but they are unhappy he pulled out of an worldwide agreement to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

French President Emmanuel Macron was once President Donald Trump's closest friend in Europe.

Macron was reacting to news that the Commander-in-Chief planned to leave the worldwide summit in Quebec earlier than anticipated; skipping out on the group's discussions on climate change and the global environment. "We will stand by them and anyone who would depart from them, once their back was turned, shows their incoherence and inconsistency", the statement said, according to Politico EU, which quoted a French publication.

The early exit also means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the United States stance on trade and Mr Trump's abrupt suggestion yesterday that Russian Federation should be re-admitted to the group.

Trump, for his part, has argued that the European Union countries and Canada have imposed tariffs on USA goods for years to the detriment of U.S. farmers and factories, though he did not mention any specific regulations.

Navarro calls that a "socialist communique" that Trump pulled out of.

He arrived late at the summit site in Quebec, and he's already announced he will leave the party early, probably missing a meeting on climate change.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly criticized Trump in recent days, calling the move "totally unacceptable".

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

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