President Donald Trump delivered a threat to foreign leaders during a press conference Saturday at the 2018 G7 summit in Quebec, Canada: If they don't dramatically reduce tariffs and trade barriers, "we'll stop trading with them".
During a press conference at the G7 summit in Quebec, Canada, Trump said that he suggested that all tariffs, trade barriers, and industrial subsidies should be dropped in order to facilitate free trade.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders' summit, which is wrapping up Saturday.
"As Canadians, we are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around", he said.
He is now raging on Twitter about a statement given by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following Trump's early exit.
Despite Trump's recent decision to slap aluminum and steel tariffs on America's allies, the statement at the conclusion of the summit called for the "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade", fighting protectionism and "the crucial role of a rules-based global trading system".
One U.S. official told Breitbart News Economics and Finance Editor John Carney that world leaders were mistaken if they believed President Trump would soften his position on tariffs.
Canada wants a deal too, but Trudeau reiterated the government view that the U.S.'s proposed five-year sunset clause is a non-starter. But the summit host, Trudeau, whose nation was among those singled out by Trump, pushed back and said he would not hesitate to retaliate against his neighbor to the south. The group of seven nations that make up the G7 are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.
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Trump is issuing a stern warning to foreign countries not to retaliate against United States tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum. Mr. Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to USA security.
"We're the piggy bank that everybody is robbing". He says "we're not looking to play games". "We're gonna fix that situation, and if it's not fixed, we're not going to deal with these countries".
"The president will continue to say what he says".
But its validity was immediately put into question when Trump tweeted that he had "instructed our US reps not to endorse the communiqué".
On climate change, the G7 failed to find consensus after the United States withdrew from the Paris climate accord a year ago.
Trump left the summit early headed for his meeting with the leader of North Korea next Tuesday.
But their facts, figures and plaintive explanations - including about Europeans' love of Apple iPhones, or that there can be trade imbalances between countries in the EU's single market that have zero tariffs between them - fell on deaf ears.
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Mr. Trump, though, said conversations were cordial and respectful at the summit.