Trump Warns Against EU Trade Reprisals After Stormy G7 Summit

U.S. allies at the 2017 G-7 summit in Sicily this year’s meeting could be more awkward

U.S. allies at the 2017 G-7 summit in Sicily this year’s meeting could be more awkward MIGUEL MEDINA—AFP Getty Images

"Canada's position is absolutely clear".

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

However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not get a response when she asked Trump for a handshake at the White House. Earlier this week, Merkel said the group is defined by its members' respect of global law, and Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was a "flagrant breach" of that. "It is in the interests of all".

According to the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations, the members have agreed to "acknowledge free, fair and mutually beneficial trade" as a "key engine" for growth and jobs as well as to note the importance of fighting protectionism. It was kicked out of the G8 in 2014 for annexing Crimea from Ukraine.

The rift over Russian Federation threatened to overshadow the more pressing concern of a brewing trade war between the USA and its key allies of the past decades.

President Trump is sitting alone on one side of a table. "That would be a leap into a very different world", declared one senior European official - with leaders pointing to the many regulations and non-tariff barriers that limit free trade.

While Trump set a combative tone before even arriving at the summit with tweets about unfair trade deals, he appeared affable and joking at multiple brief photo opportunities and praised Macron for helping to work out trade issues.

Mr Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating a position he carried through the 2016 USA election campaign into the White House that the United States had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, with French President Emmanuel Macron pushing back on the assertion and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chiming in.

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

Trump throws G-7 into disarray with tweets after he leaves
Trump's utopian idea was greeted with skepticism - "Good luck". "You want a tariff-free [arrangement]". Ahead of his departure, Trump had criticised his predecessors for negotiating "unfair" trade deals.

"This isn't the 1930s where everybody levied a lot of tariffs on everybody else", Kirkegaard said.

The noise of Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the U.S. television series MASH. While many said that the picture sums up Trump's time at G-7, several others called it a "power dynamic".

Despite the tough talk, diplomats have described the ongoing discussions as "cordial and productive".

Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads.

In a trade war, Trump told reporters that the United States has nothing to lose.

Trudeau's decision to move ahead with retaliatory tariffs capped off a tense day of discussions between the USA president and other world leaders, in which the US president-as many commentators were quick to point out-repeatedly demonstrated his ignorance of trade policy and made some of the most "nonsensical" claims of his presidency.

Macron is aware of the latest twist on the communique and does not have a comment at this time, a French presidential official said. "Engaging, keeping the dialogue alive, now & ever".

Trump left the summit early headed for his meeting with the leader of North Korea next Tuesday.

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