Trump says United States not to endorse G7 communique
Jun 10 2018 by Cristina Jennings
The U.S. president left before the end of the summit and will fly to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he described as a "mission of peace".
On Saturday, Mr Trump arrived late for the first working session on gender equality but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forged ahead with opening remarks without him, commenting wryly about "stragglers".
"As the president said, reduce these barriers, in fact go to zero, zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, zero subsidies, and along the way we're going to have to clean up the global trading system".
"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing ― and that ends", the president said.
"We are committed to addressing the migration challenge by helping migrants to remain and prosper in their own home countries", Trump said. "It's going to stop now or we'll stop trading with them (other nations)".
But in an apparent nod to Trump, it also pledged to push for swift reforms to the World Trade Organization which the USA president has said has been a "disaster" for his country.
"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be", Trump said. A Canadian official said the leaders discussed accelerating the pace of the talks. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Russia should never be allowed back in G7 as long as Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power. "I think it will be very positive", Mr Trump said on Friday, without giving details.
Trump placed the blame on his predecessor, President Barack Obama. He has said a U.S.
French President Emmanuel Macron, whose country will assume the G7 presidency after Canada and host next year's summit in Biarritz, said work would continue.
A key question was whether the seven countries could agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting. "The EU trade surplus with the United States is $151bn, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out".
G7 leaders issued a joint pledge Saturday to combat protectionism and cut trade barriers as they wrapped up a fractious summit in Canada soured by a row over the United States imposition of tariffs on its allies.
Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday.
Peanut butter, denim, orange juice, bourbon, motorcycles and cigarettes are a few of the items on a European Union list of American goods now labeled with hefty import taxes, which go into effect July 1. A little bit accurate, perhaps.
"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices".
French President Emmanuel Macron addresses a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in La Malbaie, Canada.
Before he did, Trump held an impromptu press gathering, where he offered his thoughts on a range of topics, including trade.