Trump breaks with G7 joint statement


The president says he won't endorse the joint statement.

President Trump proposed a major shakeup of the world's economic order during a summit in Canada this week, suggesting the world's big economies drop all tariffs and market-distoring subsidies and go to a fully free system of trade.

Macron launched the offensive on Thursday at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Reporters asked Trudeau for his reaction as he and his wife and another couple took an evening stroll, but the prime minister begged off.

The U.S. president will leave the summit Saturday morning, the White House said, just before meetings begin on climate change, energy policy and oceans.

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"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around" - host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tells a post-summit press conference of his plans to impose his own tariffs on U.S. imports in retaliation to similar measures by Trump. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the United States president tweeted. Trump had reportedly pushed back on language surrounding climate change, and the final text of the joint statement made clear that the USA did not agree with language surrounding the issue.

French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will host next year's summit in summer in the Atlantic resort of Biarritz, had no comment on Trump's tweets but had already said work would continue to find a consensus on trade.

Halting all trade with countries that don't drop tariffs is a "very profitable answer", Trump said.

But in a tweet after flying out of Canada, the USA president showed he was in no mood to back down in any trade dispute.

The President said Canada and Mexico were also close to a deal on a sunset clause on NAFTA, but a senior Canadian official said Ottawa is not interested in such a clause that would trigger reopening the trade pact in five years.

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'Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't, ' McCain continued.

Trump also repeated an earlier proposal that USA trading partners should drop all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies to industries and producers in their own countries.

Trump is heading to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet on Monday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

He branded the EU as "brutal" in business and warned countries it would be a "mistake" to retaliate against his 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and members of the European Union.

Russian Federation was suspended from the group - then called the G8 - in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

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"As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it's unlikely they'd keep eating them", Macron said, referring to 19th-century Prussian leader Otto von Bismarck, Reuters reported.