Trump calls for return of Russia to the G7 ‘table’

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2018

Tweeted Trump in a series of tweets starting last night: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

It's not clear what kind of trade deal or update to NAFTA Trump is seeking at the G7 Summit, especially since Mexican officials are not attending.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat, will represent the United States for the G7 sessions that Trump will skip Saturday.

US President Donald Trump has been escalating a trade battle by imposing punitive tariffs on the US's closest allies in Canada and the EU.

Trudeau on Saturday said the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to.


Trump, who last week slapped tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico, left the Group of Seven summit early but not before threatening to cut off trade with countries that treated the United States unfairly.

Other G7 leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have also spoken out against the USA tariffs.

The U.S. president did not appear to be listening during some of the trade presentations, another G7 official familiar with the meeting said.

As he headed to a G7 summit in Canada, Mr Trump said: "Russia should be in the meeting".

Macron said: "We'll all be behind him to support this essential initial initiative in the fight for global denuclearization".

Mr Trump says tariffs are needed to reverse America's trade deficit.


The US president had earlier called for Russian Federation - which was suspended from the group in 2014, following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, and made a decision to leave permanently in 2017 - to be readmitted in the interests of realpolitik.

Earlier in the day, Trump said he had raised the issue of lifting trade barriers, tariffs and subsides to facilitate worldwide trade at the G7 summit.

"We're not looking to play games", he said.

Trump was departing the Canadian summit several hours early, heading to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on what he called a "mission of peace".

The Prime Minister's Office issued a response shortly after, stating that Trudeau has been consistent with Trump. Why are we having a meeting without them?

If leaders were "cordial" with Trump he may have taken it the wrong way.


He says he spoke with world leaders about his trade policies and called for the elimination of tariffs, trade barriers or subsidies.

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