Trump threatens USA allies on trade as he exits G7 summit

America Alone?

America Alone?

Mr Trump earlier warned his counterparts against retaliation after the USA imposed tariffs on steel and aluminium from Europe, Mexico and Canada - saying they would be "making a mistake". "I have made it very clear to the president that it is not something we relish doing but it is something that we absolutely will do because Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around".

Trump recently ignited a trade dispute by imposing tariffs on his North American and European partners' steel and aluminium exports and repeated a threat to impose tariffs on vehicle imports.

The United States would not back off from its tough stance in negotiations with trading partners, Trump said.

The sides had managed to eke out a compromise final summit statement that pledged to protect the global rules-based order and reform the trade system.

"We didn't do votes or anything, but it has been discussed", he said.

He warned that retaliation against metal tariffs - 25 per cent on imports of steel and 10 per cent on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and the rest of the European Union - would be a mistake after previously calling the EU approach to business "brutal".

Trump announced tariffs late last month in efforts to balance out what he has deemed to be unfair trade arrangements with various countries.

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" worldwide trade.

U.S. trade advisor Peter Navarro, speaking on "Fox News Sunday", reinforced that message.

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"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be, and no subsidies", Trump said on Saturday during a 30-minute press conference in La Malbaie.

Earlier Saturday, Trump said he had floated the idea of countries dropping all import barriers, saying he would do the same in return. I think it would be good for the United States. "They know it", he insisted in his departing news conference. "I guess they are going to go back to the drawing board and check it out".

"The European Union is brutal to the United States and they know it", Trump said, adding that other leaders acknowledge as much in private.

Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America's G7 allies.

European leaders had put a courageous face on the results. At one point, the agreement states, "we acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation". And French President Emmanuel Macron called on the group to be bigger than petty insults and continue to build consensus for the sake of their common goal.

Trudeau made the remarks when he met with Trump during the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada on Friday, according to the official G7 website. That's the way it should be.

Once again, Trump emphasized that the days of the USA getting the short end of the stick in its trading relationships with the world were over under his watch. "That would be the ultimate thing, whether or not that works, but I did suggest it".

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Trump had grumbled to aides ahead of the meeting that he didn't want to go sit through lectures from the other leaders, and he mused about sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place.

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