Theresa May says G7 summit was ‘difficult’ occasion

Elias Hubbard
June 13, 2018

Trump said he departed the Group of Seven summit that Trudeau hosted in Quebec late last week on "very friendly" terms with his six counterparts, including the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Britain.

The summit in Canada ended in disarray after the US President retracted his support for the communiqué agreed by G7 leaders and then criticised Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau on social media. However, she suggested the government should look at means of increasing trade and co-operation with other Atlantic Canadian provinces, in light of the looming trade spat with the U.S.

- Dan O'Donoghue (@MrDanDonoghue) June 11, 2018The moment of levity comes amid increased trade tensions between the USA and Canada. "We fully intend to honour it".

Trump's tariffs would hurt the Canadian and Ontario economies, but it will also impact American steel operations, which rely on Canadian product.

May told MPs: "Multilateral action is the right way to achieve this". "It can not be done by taking unilateral action against your partners", she said.

"We expressed deep disappointment at the unjustified decision of the United States to apply tariffs to steel and aluminium imports".

Trump's admission would make the tariffs illegal. And in response, the European Union will impose countermeasures.

Describing the United States tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on U.S. goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war.

The US president was rebuffed on this request, with the other leaders explaining, and rightly so, that the cause for the "expulsion" of Russian Federation was due to its invasion, occupation and annexation of Crimea in 2014.

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