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Canada to Trump: no deal on NAFTA unless US tariffs are lifted

Canada to Trump: no deal on NAFTA unless US tariffs are lifted

But as part of the trade dispute, Trump has also stirred tension with one ally in particular - Canada - through a series of misleading or false claims about the country's economy and history with the U.S. Trump's comments have led to several reportedly tense conversations between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

In a lengthy press conference ahead of his departure on Saturday, Trump said he spoke to world leaders about trade policies and called for the elimination of tariffs, trade barriers or subsidies. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump told reporters in the Quebec resort town of La Malbaie.

"We had a very direct and open discussion and I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreement and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers and our middle classes".

In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the USA imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

As he headed to a G7 summit in Canada, Mr Trump said: "Russia should be in the meeting".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged differences between the United States and the six other members of the G7 remained, but said a joint statement on trade was expected to be issued at the end of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

Trump's administration last week ended a two-month exemption to steel and aluminum imports from Mexico, Canada and the European Union.

Exiting a world summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump delivered a stark warning Saturday to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "It's going to stop or we'll stop trading with them", he declared. Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to USA flags and those of other G7 nations.

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Canada wants a deal too, but the Trudeau government views the U.S.'s proposed five-year sunset clause as a non-starter. "We're looking for peace in the world, we're not looking to play games".

Trump also suggested that Friday and Saturday's summit had been "very, very successful", and dismissed claims of tensions between the USA and other nations, describing their relationship "a 10".

Trump left before the end of the summit on Saturday.

In Trump's first public remarks on Canadian soil, he once again reiterated his desire for separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico, instead of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Some countries have retaliated with their own levies on United States imports.

"Its like the gig is up", he said. No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be.

"They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".


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