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Rant over trade tariffs pushes Donald Trump to leave G7 meet early

10 June 2018, 04:50 | Taylor George

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A French presidential official described the Friday session as "extraordinary", saying leaders who had vowed to confront Mr Trump over his decision to impose tariffs on United States allies last week as part of his "America First" agenda, showered Mr Trump with data one after the other.

"The simple fact is that more trade has been overwhelmingly beneficial to USA families and to net USA job creation for 75 straight years, and pretending America has been taken advantage of - that is, pretending that we're losers - isn't true".

Trump and Macron also notably shared what media outlets described as an "awkward handshake-turned-side-hug" when they attended a press conference at the White House earlier this year. And in the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russian Federation out.

The comments come in the midst of Trump's ongoing trade war with allied nations.

On the subject of Russia, Trump said he thought it would be "an asset" to have the country in what would be the G8.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to indicate room for negotiation ahead of a delayed meeting with Trump, telling reporters "Sometimes we disagree".

The EU said it would stick to the joint communique despite Mr Trump's decision. "They do so much more business with us, than we do with them, that we can't lose", Trump said, adding: "The numbers are so astronomically against them".

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said later.

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He also defended the wisdom of his controversial tariffs, saying that the USA would win a trade war against its allies because "they do so much more business with us than we do with them".

The topic is expected to feature at an European Union summit in Brussels at the end of the month, but Conte said that he had expressed "Italy's total dissatisfaction with the proposals" that are now on the table in his meeting with Juncker and Tusk.

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According to multiple reports, Trump brought up the idea of totally free trade during a meeting with the other G7 leaders which include the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and representative for the EU. Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.

While praising free trade in theory, Trump demanded an end to tariffs on USA goods, which he called "ridiculous and unacceptable".

Trump departed the annual G-7 gathering after showing up late for a breakfast on gender equity and he missed sessions on climate change, clean energy and ocean protection.

Alluding to the tensions as he sat with Macron on Friday, Trump said: "We've had, really, a very good relationship, very special".

Talks to modernize NAFTA, which started last August, have effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico resist US demands for major changes such as the sunset clause and boosting the North American content of autos made in the three nations.



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