Trade spat looms as Trump heads for hostile G7

Trade spat looms as Trump heads for hostile G7

Trade spat looms as Trump heads for hostile G7

"The EU trade surplus with the USA is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out".

The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs.

White House officials said Trump in recent days had bristled at attending the summit, where he is set to be challenged face-to-face on his policy decisions.

Mr Trump and Mr Kudlow are travelling to Quebec later this week for a meeting of leaders from seven of the world's leading economies, and several of those officials have expressed frustration at Mr Trump for his protectionist approach to trade.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", he wrote.

"Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

The ban on mobiles in schools, one of President Emmanuel Macron's campaign promises, will take effect in September 2018.

He added that he would use the meeting as an opportunity to start "straightening out unfair trade deals".


On Thursday, Macron berated Trump for imposing unilateral tariffs on imported steel and aluminium rather than go through worldwide arbitration, and for walking out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran.

Protesters rally ahead of the G7 leaders' summit.

Two sources in Ottawa said divisions between the United States and other G7 members were so great that senior officials in charge of each nation's preparations planned to hold an unusual additional meeting the night before the summit in a bid to find consensus. Trump may have less to fear than slow-growing Europe and Japan from a trade war in terms of economic losses if the "G6" pushes back on tariffs.

Other G-7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have also spoken out against the tariffs.

Trump is now cutting his trip to Quebec short to go to Singapore for his meeting with Kim. Canada is waiting until the end of the month to apply them with the hope the Trump administration will reconsider.

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", Macron added.

Trump is set to visit the United Kingdom in a July visit where he will meet the Queen, enjoy a jaunt around his Scottish golf course, and presumably face off with protesters already vying to speak out against the president during his United Kingdom stay. The bloc has isolated members in the past: It suspended Russian Federation from the G8 alliance in 2014 in response to the annexation of Ukraine. President Macron tweeted the other six leaders wouldn't mind signing one without the U.S.

"Because these six represent values, represent an economic market, and more than anything, represent a real force at the global level today".

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