Former Canadian PM says United States tariffs to dominate G7 summit — Interview

Christopher Davidson
June 9, 2018

The Japanese Prime Minister on Friday met Trudeau for the G7 summit in Charlevoix.

Trump set the tone before leaving Washington on Friday.

More than 500 demonstrators amassed in Quebec City, north-east Canada, for mostly peaceful protests on day-one of the G7 summit of world leaders on Thursday.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". We have to change it.

"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".

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. "It's highly unlikely there will be a final communique", a G7 official said on condition of anonymity.

The leaders are also likely to discuss trade as they find themselves on the brink of a tariff war that President Trump initiated against America's Canadian and European allies.

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Trump also said that Russian Federation should be allowed again to attend G7 summits.

US stock indexes opened lower on Friday partly due to investor nervousness over the G7 summit. On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted about President Trump's "isolation" and said the other members of the Group of Seven would be ready to sign a six-country agreement "if need be".

British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in its retaliation to the USA tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.

Trudeau has also forcefully criticized the tariffs, imposed under the pretext of USA national security concerns, and hoped "that at some point. common sense will prevail", he told reporters at a May 31 news conference with Freeland shortly after the US tariffs were announced.

He plans to leave the summit four hours earlier than originally planned to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said.

While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an global agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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