Trump to G-7: Don't You Dare Retaliate Against Me

President tells other countries not to counter with tariffs
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2018 12:30 PM CDT
Trump to G-7: Don't You Dare Retaliate Against Me
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the G-7 summit, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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, the AP reports. Despite his sharp differences with US allies, the president insisted he has a "great relationship" with his foreign counterparts. "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake," Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit in Canada for his meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday. At a rare news conference, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers, and subsidies in their trading practices.

He reiterated his longstanding view that the US has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing and that ends." Trump's abbreviated stay at this Quebec resort saw him continuing his usual tough talk on trade, accusing the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, of being "indignant." Trump also arrived late Saturday for a gender equality meeting at the summit, prompting Trudeau to kick it off without waiting for "stragglers" to arrive, per the AP. Trump created a distraction when he walked in late for the breakfast meeting during a talk by Gender Equality Advisory council co-chair Isabelle Hudon. Security personnel had to open a path for him through a throng of journalists and cameramen, and the camera clicks for Trump nearly drowned out Hudon.

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