G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade

Mindy Sparks
June 9, 2018

The White House also announced he would cut short his time at the two-day summit and leave on Saturday morning.

Trump showed no sign of backing down on Friday, after earlier accusing both France and Canada of imposing massive tariffs on US goods and then accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "being so indignant".

"The objective of the G's - whether the G7 or the G20 - is to essentially give the pertinent ministers and the leaders the opportunity to deal with issues of this kind and hopefully prevent issues of this kind", explained Martin, who served as Canada's prime minister from 2003 to 2006, and as the country's finance minister from 1993 to 2002.

Meanwhile, Trump went after Trudeau in a series of tweets just hours before the summit on Friday.

"Africa is going to have the largest population base of any continent in 25 years, and I really do believe that helping Africa through what is a very hard period now will benefit the world enormously and this is a role that the G7 and G20 must play".

Government sources said Abe reiterated Japan's hopes of achieving economic growth under the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact and Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union.

Canada and Mexico, the other members of NAFTA, have been frustrated by what they see as unacceptable US demands in slow-moving talks to modernize the deal.


A spokesman for Canada's Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed.

Protests were underway Friday morning in Quebec City as leaders of the world's most powerful countries gather at a nearby resort for the G7 summit.

Officials concede the mood is likely to be exceptionally tense.

He also thought that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, did "exactly what they should have done" in responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs.

Ahead of the summit, the two presidents had engaged in a Twitter spat, in which the French president suggested that a G6 agreement could be signed without the USA, while Trump accused Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "charging the USA massive tariffs".

USA stock indexes opened lower on Friday partly due to investor nervousness over the G7 summit.

Speaking to reporters before leaving for his meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump tried to downplay any notion that the meeting in Canada was contentious.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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