G7: Justin Trudeau Issues Rebuke to Donald Trump's Trade Threats

G7: Justin Trudeau Issues Rebuke to Donald Trump's Trade Threats

He said he gets along well with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Trudeau.

US President Donald Trump railed against trade practices he called unfair to the United States at a Group of Seven nations summit where leaders agreed on Saturday to fight protectionism and reform the World Trade Organization.

Macron has said how unhappy he is with U.S.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, told reporters.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterizations by these officials of Mr Trump's remarks or attention to the presentations.

Yet after leaving the summit, Trump tweeted that he would instruct US officials not to endorse the G-7 statement, after objecting to comments from summit host Trudeau. All of the leaders have acknowledged that there are disagreements, but the meeting ended with the entire group issuing a joint communique.

Trump's tirade came before he was to leave for Singapore for his historic summit with the North Korean leader North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

However, before the acrimony spilled out into the public, Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to lighten the mood by cracking a joke with the United States leader.

Merkel said she expects that all G7 nations will sign a final joint statement, although disagreements remain over the wording on trade, Iran and Russian Federation.

"We're not going to be able to do that work under the threat of tariffs".

The government announced it would impose more than $16.6-billion in retaliatory tariffs, effective July 1, on a variety of USA goods.

Trump's administration last week ended a two-month exemption to steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

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Trump said that would be a bad idea.

It says the group acknowledges free, fair and mutually beneficial trade as the key engine for growth and jobs and adds, quote, "we strive to reduce tariff barriers, nontariff barriers and subsidies" - unquote.

"We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique", a senior United Kingdom government source said.

"This is what a G7 is supposed to be about - all of us pulling together and doing things that matter for our citizens and for the world", Trudeau said.

But Trump's claims that he is in favor of global free trade would appear contradictory to his recent imposition of tariffs on USA allies, much to their collective discontent.

"Ultimately that's what you want", he said.

While numerous barbs have been directed at Donald Trump, the USA president has given as good as he got.

And he made clear that extends to the current deal the U.S.is renegotiating with its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico. "We're gonna fix that situation, and if it's not fixed, we're not going to deal with these countries".

Jacob Kirkegaard, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told Al Jazeera Trump risks isolating himself with his controversial trade policies.

There was also an agreement to disagree on climate change in the wake of Trump's decision to leave the Paris climate accord a year ago which further underlined the divide between the Group of Seven's powerhouse and its six co-members.

On balance, Trump is creating the raison d'etre of a summit meeting with Putin, which in normal times would have caused an uproar in the US.

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