President Donald Trump delivered a threat to foreign leaders during a press conference Saturday at the 2018 G7 summit in Quebec, Canada: If they don't dramatically reduce tariffs and trade barriers, "we'll stop trading with them".
Trump's apparent threat to end USA trade deals with top allies came as he feuded with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders over the trade war he instigated late last month.
"Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Mr Trudeau said.
When Mr Trump's tweets withdrawing support from the G7 statement hit on Sunday, the Prime Minister's office said Mr Trudeau had not said anything in his closing news conference he has not said to the US President before.
But, he said, the USA could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way. Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "very dishonest & weak".
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German chancellors haven't previously interacted directly with lawmakers in the same way British prime ministers do at their weekly question time.
Trump and Trudeau exchanged barbs after a highly contentious G-7 meeting resulted in a press conference in which Trudeau promised not to be pushed around.
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"[Trudeau] really kind of stabbed us in the back", Kudlow said. Trump fired back, saying the United States had been duped for for years by barriers and that any country that imposed its own measures would regret it.
According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!).
Having left the G7 summit in Canada early, Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies. The Trump administration imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the US and its allies in the run-up to the summit.
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So, the president , I can imagine him saying, 'We've agreed on this peace treaty, ' which is what we said in 2005. But I think it will take a little bit of time".
Trudeau hosted the summit on the back of several tense weeks of trade discussions with the United States, who imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from several countries a few months back, but offered Canada and Mexico an exemption from the fees as they continued NAFTA discussions.
"He is not going to permit any show of weakness on the eve of this trip to negotiate with North Korea, nor should he", Kudlow said on CNN.
A day after the G7 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit back at President Donald Trump's tariffs.
"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do".
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