Theresa May says G7 summit was ‘difficult’ occasion

Geneva Stokes
June 13, 2018

Describing the U.S. tariffs on European steel and aluminium as "unjustified", she left no doubt that EU nations would impose counter-measures on United States goods in response but cautioned against tit-for-tat retaliation which might lead to a trade war. The photo showcases the chancellor with her hands placed on the table facing a seated Donald Trump.

The G7 summit is coming down to the wire. She added that with Trump's "unpredictable" leadership and the US turn toward isolationism, the European Union needs to hone its response to a raft of issues in an environment in which global institutions need to be "newly proven".

Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron had what was described by a French official as a "very cordial" discussion about trade and North Korea.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again".

Trump revoked his administration's support for the G7 communique after Trudeau's news conference.

He said USA farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms: "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them".

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According to Merkel, the return of Russian Federation in the G8 format is possible with visible progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

Adam Scotti, photographer to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, captured images of Trudeau standing above the group as well as a moment where he is gesturing to Trump, who appears actively listening.

Trump tweeted: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!"

The US leader has blasted Europeans, Germany above all, for failing to spend enough on their own defence, claiming they are taking advantage of US military power.

Senior Trump aides escalated the rhetoric on Sunday morning's news shows, with chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow calling Trudeau's remarks "a betrayal" on CNN's "State of the Union" and top trade adviser Peter Navarro saying on "Fox News Sunday" that "there's a special place in hell" for the Canadian leader.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", Macron said in a statement.

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