Obama to blame for Crimea fallout, some want Russian Federation back in G8

Obama to blame for Crimea fallout, some want Russian Federation back in G8

Obama to blame for Crimea fallout, some want Russian Federation back in G8

Trump, who repeated that the tariffs are meant to protect United States industry and workers from what he describes as unfair global competition, said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated. Moscow has denied the allegations.

"Canada can't believe they got away with it", Mr. Trump said.

Speaking about Russia's military incursion in Crimea, a peninsula that was part of Ukraine, Trump on Saturday blamed President Obama for the annexation.

G8 became G7 in 2014 when Russian Federation was excluded over the unlawful annexation of Crimea.

He described the trip as a "mission of peace".

But Trump made it sound like other countries acknowledged that they were cheating the U.S.in these trade deals and he had finally caught them in the act. "Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run".

After arriving late, the president was expected to leave early to fly to his meeting with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.

Trump said he pushed for the elimination of trade barriers, including subsidies and tariffs, at the G-7 meeting. "I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing". Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the USA president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.


Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday the two leaders discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call, and talked about locations with Vienna as a possibility.

All the G7 nations have agreed at their summit in Canada on the importance of a "rules-based trading system", despite tensions with the US.

Trump has invoked a United States national security provision to unilaterally impose tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum, to the outrage of his allies, who have retaliated with a threat of their own, more targeted, sanctions. "And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it".

Manufacturing, an industry Trump focuses on, makes up about 10 percent of USA economic output.

The text of the annual G7 joint communique is usually all but finalized before the leaders meet for two days of glad-handing and group photo opportunities, but this year officials were still negotiating even as Trump headed for his plane.

The UK and the rest of the European Union will be slapped with a 25 percent duty on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

Trump's abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing the same type of tough talk on trade as when he departed the White House, accusing the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of being "indignant".

"After calling out Trudeau and Macron before the summit, he took a different approach on Saturday, "[congratulating] he leaders of other countries for crazily being able to make these trade deals that were so good for their countries and bad for the United States" and chastising his predecessors for allowing the U.S.to be taken advantage of. He said gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

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