Justin Trudeau Gifts Trump With Photo of Grandfather's Canadian Hotel

Marco Green
June 10, 2018

"Obama can say all he wants", Trump added, "but he allowed Russian Federation to take Crimea".

US President Donald Trump at G7 Summit.

Despite being at odds with other countries at the G7 in Canada, Trump rated his relationship with their leaders as a "10" - naming Germany's Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau, but not the UK's Prime Minister Theresa May.

"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump told reporters in a short but stern remark.

"We will continue to demonstrate that we're interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I'm defending American interests because these tariffs they're putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well", Trudeau said Thursday.

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariff on steel and aluminum imports, even those from close USA allies. "Let us look at history: isolationism is bad for the American people".

U.S. President Donald Trump said Nafta negotiators are "pretty close" to agreeing on some kind of sunset clause, a sticking point in talks, while warning the three-way pact can only survive if major changes are made.

Trump will be leaving the summit four hours earlier to travel to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

He did not back away or blunt his critiques, and despite first-name references to "Angela", and "Justin", Trump did little to disguise his distrust of the global consensus model of world affairs that the G-7 represents.

Trump's strained relationship with the rest of the G7 was evident on Saturday when he arrived late for the opening session, with Trudeau addressing a gathering that included an empty chair where the president was meant to be.

Mr. Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by USA trade tariffs. Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to United States flags and those of other G7 nations.

So at the G7 in Charlevoix, Quebec on Friday, some were speculating whether when he shook Trump's hand with a grip so firm the U.S leader was left with white marks, he was showing how he really felt. "The EU trade surplus with the USA is $151bn, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out". "Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said Saturday.

But a grinning Trump answered for him: "He's happy", he cracked.

Canada, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, and the nation that has borne much of the brunt of Trump's trade fusillades in recent days, is holding out hope that progress can be made on less controversial issues. He said gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does. A Defense Department investigation concluded that "unfair trade practices" have "intentionally eroded" the country's innovation and manufacturing industry, posing a risk to the United States' national security.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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