Donald Trump calls for barrier-free trade within the G7

  • Donald Trump calls for barrier-free trade within the G7

Donald Trump calls for barrier-free trade within the G7

President Donald Trump said Saturday at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada, that the United States would "stop trading" with some of its closest allies unless they change what he believes to be unfair trade policies.

President Trump earlier told reporters he had proposed the idea of a tariff-free G7 to other leaders and described his talks with them as "extremely productive".

"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", Trump said.

I think it would be good the United States.

The German statement seems to fly in the face of what Trump said in his closing press conference in Quebec where he vowed to ramp up combative trade actions - even against some of his country's closest allies - or curtail trade altogether if partners can not agree to more favourable terms for America.

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with USA trading partners furious over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging USA customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products.

Trudeau says the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to.

At what a French described as one "extraordinary" session on Friday, leaders who had vowed to confront Trump over his decision to impose tariffs on USA allies last week as part of his "America First" agenda, showered Trump with data one after the other.

Merkel said there was broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced, though she acknowledged that differences with the United States remained.

That leaves Trump diametrically opposed with Canada, which says renegotiating the deal every five years would create perpetual uncertainty and harm long-term investment.

But a grinning Trump answered for him: "He's happy", he cracked.

He stirred things up even more by suggesting the G-7 welcome back Russian Federation, ousted from the group after it annexed Crimea.

Trump has asked countries to end tariffs and trade barriers in his push for "fair and reciprocal" trade.

President Donald Trump's move to slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and tear up a nuclear deal with Iran.

Macron and Trudeau both were expected to have formal meetings with Trump later in the day.

The president has been a disruptive force for the global trading order, insisting other countries move to reduce barriers he said have left the US with a trade deficit of more than $800 billion.

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico. "And it doesn't help USA citizens understand the disruption in our economy that is actually coming from more technology and more automation, not from free trade agreements - which have overwhelmingly benefited American families". Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.

Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers.

Macron, for example, noted that under European Union rules France now has open borders with Britain and Germany and runs trade deficits with both - far from Trump's vision of "reciprocal" balanced trade.