Merkel: G-7 summit with Trump was a 'sobering' experience

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It is unclear if Trump's focus on getting tough with trade partners, and solving the North Korean nuclear issue will have some influence on voters in the mid-term congressionsal elections in November.

In his news conference, Mr Trudeau had spoken of retaliatory measures that Canada would take next month in response to Mr Trump's decision to slap tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

He added: "Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades, while our Farmers, Workers & Taxpayers have such a big and unfair price to pay?"

He injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation, which was ousted from the group after it annexed Crimea.

Trudeau, who had said at the news conference that Canada would retaliate for new United States tariffs, didn't respond to questions about Trump when the prime minister arrived at a Quebec City hotel Sunday for meetings with other world leaders. But the lead-up to the much-anticipated summit has been overshadowed by the aftermath of the G-7 summit, which saw Trump warning some of the U.S.'s closest allies that they must remove trade barriers or face consequences. Gallup has Trump at 41 per cent approval and 55 per cent disapproval.

Trump's stinging critique - while technically accurate - obscures the larger trade relationship between the two countries.

Still, the fundamental differences remained clear.

Mr. Ujczo said there is also a good chance Mr. Trump will roll out his proposed auto tariffs before the USA midterms in the fall.

The U.S. had a $17.5 billion goods trade deficit with Canada - its second-largest goods trading partner - in 2017, though it did have a goods and services trade surplus of $8.4 billion a year ago with its fellow North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) member, according to data from the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

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Both sides suggested some progress in NAFTA talks.

The White House is escalating its verbal attacks against Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of close American ally Canada. One source said a Mexican delegation, including some government officials and industry representatives, is expected in the USA capital next week to try to determine whether there is a path forward on a deal.

Other members of the Group of Seven are Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany and Britain. The European Union also attends.

The group managed a common statement in which they agreed to disagree on some issues, only to have Trump disavow the document in a tweet after leaving the meeting. Canada does indeed impose a 270% tariff on dairy that has kept many US dairy products from making their way from the U.S.to Canada. He said Trump "did the courtesy to Justin Trudeau to travel up to Quebec for that summit".

Before arriving at the Quebec summit, Trump injected fresh drama by asking why Russian Federation wasn't included in the group.

Mr Maas said: "It's actually not a real surprise, we have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal".

Russian Federation has been shut out since its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine, and has since earned Western condemnation for its military intervention in Syria in support of dictator Bashar al-Assad. In the USA, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favour.

Asked about Navarro's comments, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said, according to reporter Daniel Dale, "Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks". She added "there are no grounds whatsoever for bringing Russian Federation with its current behaviour back into the G7".

Donald Trump, in a tirade against countries he said are "robbing" the USA, targeted India once again on import tariffs, as he left the G-7 summit in Canada on bitter terms. "In the interest of all".

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