Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Donald Trump disrupts G7 women's empowerment session by showing up late

Donald Trump disrupts G7 women's empowerment session by showing up late

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", Trump said at a press conference shortly before leaving the gathering of the United States, Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan.

In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about USA trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

"And no subsidies. I even said, 'no tariffs, '" Trump insisted while defending his decision to impose a global tariff on United States imports of steel and aluminium.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has floated an idea to set up a mechanism to resolve trade differences with the U.S. and prevent future ones, a French official says as consensus appeared to elude G7 leaders at a summit in Canada.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement to AFP.

Earlier on Saturday, President Trump concluded his visit to the Group of Seven summit with warnings to US allies, saying if they don't eliminate barriers to trade, they could lose access to the USA economy.

Mr. Macron, feuding with Mr. Trump over US steel and aluminum tariffs on the European Union, tweeted that he and the other six leaders were prepared to turn their backs on Mr. Trump at the summit.

"After calling out Trudeau and Macron before the summit, he took a different approach on Saturday, "[congratulating] he leaders of other countries for crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their countries and bad for the United States" and chastising his predecessors for allowing the U.S.to be taken advantage of. "But you have to ask that question to President Obama", Trump said.

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After a war of words the day before, American-French relations appear to be back on track at the G7 summit on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Saturday that he will attend the upcoming meeting with the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Un with "positive spirit".

Pelosi also referenced Mr. Trump's earlier comments that the G7 should allow Russian Federation back in.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said.

He left the summit four hours earlier than originally planned and will miss key talks on the environment, including working sessions on climate change, clean energy and the health of the oceans.

Adding fuel to Trump's bonfire request was newly-installed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, who backed the US president's suggestion.

The Charlevoix G7 summit was marked by sharp disagreements over Mr Trump's decision to impose higher import taxes on aluminium and steel imports.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel told reporters.

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