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After 'difficult' G7 summit, May warns against unilateral action on trade

13 June 2018

I have a good relationship with Justin Trudeau.

Across a narrow table from them, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron stand holding copies of a draft text, arguing their position.

"There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door", White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said in an interview Sunday. Nevertheless, the remaining six countries (G6) put the climate agenda on the top of the discussions in an attempt to address this long-lasting issue.

Even a boilerplate communiqué, which reiterated the rich nations' commitment to free and fair trade, was undermined at the last minute, when American president Donald Trump repudiated the agreement.

But speaking to the Commons this afternoon, Theresa May said she still believed the forum played an important role, telling MPs "it is only through continued dialogue that we can find ways to work together to resolve the challenges we face".

- Dan O'Donoghue (@MrDanDonoghue) June 11, 2018The moment of levity comes amid increased trade tensions between the US and Canada.

In response to the massive steel and aluminium tariffs imposed by the Trump administration, Canada which is one of the largest exporters of the same spoke out against the exorbitant duties.

Trump made his comments in a wide-ranging news conference in Singapore following his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Blunt asked, quite bluntly: "Trudeau or Trump?"

MacLauchlan said he supported the Prime Minister's retaliatory tariffs in response to USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum and called on opposition parties to join him in expressing support for the federal government.

Despite all that, US President carried on yesterday saying that the "US had a big trade deficit with Canada and that a little balance was needed".

Well, if the Western group of nations cannot get used to the mercurial character of President Trump, what can be expected from other world leaders.

After 'difficult' G7 summit, May warns against unilateral action on trade