LA MALBAIE, Quebec (P3PWriter) – U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had been all jokes and smiles for the media as they met on the Group of Seven leaders summit in Quebec on Friday, however neither budged on the intense commerce dispute between them.
Within the transient photograph alternative that began their bilateral assembly on the sidelines of the fractious G7 summit, Trump adopted Trudeau’s diplomatic introduction by joking that Trudeau had backed down on retaliatory tariffs.
“Justin has agreed to chop all tariffs, all commerce boundaries between Canada and the US, so I’m very glad,” Trump advised reporters.
Trudeau was fast together with his riposte: “So I’d say NAFTA is in good condition.”
Canada final week introduced retaliatory tariffs on C$16.6 billion ($12.eight billion) price of U.S. exports and mentioned it’s going to problem U.S. metal and aluminum tariffs underneath the North American Free Commerce Settlement and the World Commerce Group.
The tit-for-tat dispute over U.S. metals tariffs adopted greater than a 12 months of tense and to date unsuccessful negotiations to resume NAFTA and an extended and failed appeal offensive by Trudeau and prime Canadian officers to keep away from Trump’s commerce ire.
Trump repeatedly attacked Canada on Twitter within the days main as much as the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec with Trudeau and the leaders of Germany, France, Britain, Japan and Italy.
“Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, mentioning the connection that the U.S. and Canada had over the numerous years and all types of different issues … however he doesn’t convey up the truth that they cost as much as 300 % on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!” Trump tweeted Thursday.
Trump is scheduled to depart the contentious G7 summit 4 hours sooner than initially deliberate on Saturday to fly to Singapore for his June 12 assembly with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un.
“Are you disillusioned the President is leaving early?” a reporter requested Trudeau.
“He’s glad,” mentioned Trump, to laughter.
Reporting by David Ljunggren and Roberta Rampton; Writing by Andrea Hopkins; enhancing by Grant McCool