US ready to ‘straighten out’ G7 at meet­ing

Global Times - Weekend - - WORLD -

US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump lashed out at Canada and the European Union on Fri­day and said he plans to leave a meet­ing with lead­ers of the Group of Seven na­tions early as fears of a trade war ratch­eted higher.

The con­fronta­tion over US tar­iffs on steel and alu­minum threat­ened to rup­ture the G7, which dur­ing its 43-year his­tory has sought to find con­sen­sus on the econ­omy and other is­sues.

Trump, who aides said has lit­tle in­ter­est in mul­ti­lat­er­al­ism, re­sumed his tirade against Canada and “un­fair trade deals” with G7 coun­tries early Fri­day morn­ing. The White House said he would leave talks four hours ear­lier than orig­i­nally planned.

By de­part­ing early, the US leader will miss talks about cli­mate change and clean en­ergy, and be out of the coun­try by the time Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and other lead­ers be­gin clos­ing news con­fer­ences likely to be laden with crit­i­cism of US trade pol­icy.

“Look­ing for­ward to straight­en­ing out un­fair Trade Deals with the G-7 coun­tries. If it doesn’t hap­pen, we come out even bet­ter!” Trump tweeted early Fri­day morn­ing be­fore he was to leave Washington for Que­bec.

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