Trump calls for return of Russian Federation to the G7 ‘table’

Trump calls for return of Russian Federation to the G7 ‘table’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron spoke candidly about pushing Trump to reverse his position on the tariffs. "We have a serious problem with multilateral agreements, and that's why there will be contentious discussions", she said, per AFP.

However, he plans on cutting his trip short to fly to Singapore for his upcoming summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Group of Seven countries have agreed to a joint communique at the conclusion of the alliance's leaders' summit in Quebec, with all countries signing on to everything except a pact to clean up oceans.

In his final news conference before leaving, Mr Trump said trade was at the top of the agenda and the United States has been taken advantage of for decades and it cannot go on.

"He's happy", said Trump, to laughter.

The confrontation over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum threatened to rupture the G7, which during its 43-year history has traditionally sought to find consensus on the economy and other issues.

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

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Most recently, Trump pulled the USA out of the Iran nuclear agreement, following his earlier decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

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Trump was reacting to comments made by Trudeau on Saturday in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the Americans did not remove tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Before departing the summit, Trump doubled-down on his assertions that the USA has been subjected to unfair trade duties for many years. The Crimea annexation in 2014 resulted in the leading world powers excluding Russian Federation from the club and becoming the G-7 again.

"Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said Saturday.

After rumours there would be no joint closing statement because of the divisions, President Trump told reporters he believed there would be one after all. Trump pulled out of that deal a week after the last G7 summit in Italy.

The president says the "pretty close" to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement and discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

Trudeau said he had told Trump that the talks had been made more complicated by a US decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, ostensibly for national security reasons. I think it would be good for the United States.

President Donald Trump has opened his second day at an worldwide summit at a breakfast discussion on gender equality.

In a lengthy press conference ahead of his departure on Saturday, Trump said he spoke to world leaders about trade policies and called for the elimination of tariffs, trade barriers or subsidies. "I guess they are going to go back to the drawing board and check it out", Trump said.

At issue are new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.