Trump, French president get into another handshake duel

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pressed Washington to reconsider the US tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, and encouraged President Donald Trump to work with Canada to address unfair trade.

Washington's partners in the G7 have been reeling since the Trump administration last week imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico, prompting retaliation and raising the spectre of a global trade war.

Trudeau and Trump also had an acrimonious exchange over the phone over his decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on United States allies, CNN has reported.

Trump fired back at Trudeau's comments in a tweet later Saturday that called the Canadian leader "meek and mild" during the meeting of allies.

The joint communique is a statement of broad goals and principles endorsed by the G7 leaders, and Trump's refusal means that this will be the first year that the annual summit fails to issue one.

Photos that have gone viral show how Macron turned part of Trump's hand pale with a blood-squeezing grip when they met Friday on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Canada.

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.

One scene at the very beginning of the gathering of presidents and prime ministers of the biggest industrialized nations set the mood for facing the brash Mr Trump. "I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

Trump was asked if he thought Russia's control over Crimea should be recognized by the global community, but he avoided answering directly and instead blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the situation.

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them ... the numbers are so astronomically against them? we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

Trump claimed America had been obliged to levy the metals tariffs as it has been exploited as the world's "piggy bank" under existing arrangements, but his counterparts were equally determined to protect "rules-based" global trade.

"While critics may question how these metal tariffs can be imposed in the name of national security on allies and neighbors like Canada, they miss the fundamental point: These tariffs are not aimed at any one country", Navarro said.

In a statement, a spokesman for Trudeau did not address Trump's insults. The president says at the Group of Seven summit: "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake". "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".

Donald Trump is embarking for the North Korea negotiations in a slump. Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to United States security.

"His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will - and bring back Russian Federation", said Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign and White House adviser.

Trump says they will either have a better agreement on NAFTA or two deals involving separate trade deals with both Canada and Mexico.

On Saturday, Trump lapsed into his pre-summit rhetoric again, calling Trudeau "dishonest and week" in a fresh series of angry tweets. "You want a tariff free".

The US leader will miss talks about climate change and clean energy, and will have left Canada by the time the other leaders begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of Washington's policies.

Trump's utopian idea was greeted with skepticism, but he appeared to take it seriously, arguing that the United States had been taken for a ride by the rest of the world.


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