Trump removes US from G-7 joint statement over escalating feud with Canada’s Trudeau
Quebec City, Quebec — President Trump told foreign leaders at the Group of Seven summit that they must dramatically reduce trade barriers with the United States or they could lose access to the world’s largest economy, delivering his most defiant trade threat yet to his counterparts from around the globe.
Trump described private conversations he held over two days with the leaders of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada. He said he pushed them to consider removing every single tariff or trade barrier on American goods, and in return he would do the same. But if steps aren’t taken, he said, the penalties would be severe.
“We’re the piggy bank that everybody is robbing,” Trump said at a news conference Saturday. “And that ends.”