G7 – trade issues remain

Trade issues remain after the latest G7 meeting in Canada.

Reuters: Trump demands end to ‘unfair’ trade after G7 summit

U.S. President Donald Trump told Group of Seven leaders that the United States wanted a quick end to trade practices that he says have led to an exodus of American companies and jobs to other countries.

This is someone who has been slapping tariffs on and threatening tariffs all over the place. And someone who pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership as soon as he became president.

Trump, who angered his G7 partners last week with tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his “America First” agenda, vowed to hold firm until U.S. goods had “fair” access to markets.

“The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades,” Trump said at a press conference on the second day of a two-day summit in Canada.

He said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

So why doesn’t he lead by example? otherwise this looks like posturing bullshit.

Reuters: G7 leaders on track for joint communique: French official

The leaders of the Group of Seven nations are on track to agree a joint communique when their summit ends later on Saturday, a French presidency official said, a day after diplomats cited deep splits over the proposed text.

The official though said the document would make clear that on topics such as the environment, the United States did not share the point of view of the other six members.

In a bid to ease tensions over trade, in particular U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum that infuriated other G7 members, officials were working on language about the international rules-based system that would lead the way to reforming the World Trade Organization, the official said.

It looks like the communique will try to paper over obvious cracks.

Reuters: Merkel says differences on trade remain despite joint G7 communique

Leaders of the G7 countries will stress the importance of rules-based trade in a joint communique but there were still differences between Europe and the United States on the issue, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday.

“For us it was important that we have a commitment to a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the World Trade Organization,” Merkel told reporters after G7 talks in Quebec.

Merkel said there was a broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced.

“These are jointly shared principles, although the pitfalls lie in the detail,” she said.

The detail – al the exceptions to free trade?

Maybe some progress has been made at  G7 but it’s not apparent.

53 Comments

  1. David

     /  June 10, 2018

    ““For us it was important that we have a commitment to a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the World Trade Organization,” Merkel told reporters ”

    Eh? Merkel presides over the EU, which is intentionally a protectionist trade block?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 10, 2018

    The EU attended so of course no progress was made. That was what they were there for.

    • MaureenW

       /  June 10, 2018

      Ha, ha – looks like Trump is not playing “the rules-based international order” game.

    • Corky

       /  June 10, 2018

      They say Trump is a bully!!!???

      • Gezza

         /  June 10, 2018

        Look at Bolton. Probably already thinking of recommending Trump attacks Germany.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  June 10, 2018

          Have they got enough troops there?

          • Gezza

             /  June 10, 2018

            He’s probably thinking nukes. Seeing it looks like they won’t get to chuck some old ones at Kim.

          • David

             /  June 10, 2018

            “Have they got enough troops there?”

            They don’t need many, Germany does not have a functional military.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 10, 2018

              I know. But an occupational force needs numbers.

        • Corky

           /  June 10, 2018

          Yeah, that is a great picture. So much for the belief these leaders sit around the table and have rational dialogue . The way Merkle is closing on a petulant Trump may have spooked Bolton into action.

          • Gezza

             /  June 10, 2018

            It’s an awesome picture. 😀
            Gotta go out to an uncle’s 80th in Upper Hutt. Putting on the riot gear right now.
            Behave please.

          • Corky

             /  June 10, 2018

            I will be gentle on Lurchy and Blazer.

          • Corky

             /  June 10, 2018

            Love the look on the Japanese delegation. What are they thinking?

            ” Bloody Roundeyes? ”

    • Conspiratoor

       /  June 10, 2018

      Merkel clearly doesn’t understand body language.

      It’s reasonable to assume she has said something with which Donald disagrees. All she needed to do was give him something to hold like a pen or refreshment. This forces him to unfold his arms and lean forward thereby moving him into a more receptive position

    • Joe Bloggs

       /  June 10, 2018

      Merkel, Abe, and Macron – the real leaders of the modern free world.

      • Corky

         /  June 10, 2018

        Are you taking the piss, Bloggs.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 10, 2018

          The body language in this photo is a classic, textbook illustration of body language.,

          • Griff

             /  June 10, 2018

            The four leaning over the table are giving trump a message from a position of authority. Trump is sitting up straight with arms crossed receiving that message like a petulant child on a stool in the principles office.
            The guy to the left of japan is looking at the camera thinking You getting this? Good picture. The guy to the right is looking at trump like, gee mate are you in trouble. The Japanese guy himself is not happy about the confrontation but shows no surprise…. he expected it.
            The fact that her office released the photo suggest they are reinforcing the message that was given to Trump.

            “We have a new word in German to describe you, Mr. Trump: Mankindertweetfuhrer. It means ‘man-baby dictator who rules via Twitter.’

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 10, 2018

              No. Everyone is looking at Merkel, not Trump. He has made his response and she is trying to figure out what it means.

    • Zedd

       /  June 10, 2018

      body language sez it all..
      ‘who cares what you are all demanding.. Ive got the power !” sez Mr T

      • Zedd

         /  June 10, 2018

        looks like Abe is ‘right, with him too’ :/

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 10, 2018

          It looks as if he’s pointlessly wasting the time of all these people and really, really annoying them. He’s enjoying holding them all up and throwing his weight around and it’s very obvious that he has little idea of how these conferences work.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 10, 2018

      Take a look at the frown lines on Trudeau’s face. He’s got a message he doesn’t like. And Trump’s got a faint smile on his lips. Merkel is trying to read him but he’s not having it.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 10, 2018

        Or is that Macron not Trudeau on Merkel’s right?

        • Gezza

           /  June 10, 2018

          It’s Macron, the runt.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  June 11, 2018

            So I wonder what his wrinkled brow is stressing over.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 11, 2018

              Trump is being obnoxious, everyone else is wishing that he’d grow up and stop behaving like the smart-arse who wasted everyone’s time at school.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 11, 2018

              I bet Trudeau’s brow is pretty wrinkled now too.

            • Gezza

               /  June 11, 2018

              His eyebrows are raised. He’s just struggling to believe they have to explain everything to an idiot who hasn’t a fucking clue & doesn’t give a bugger.

  3. “They have no choice. I’ll be honest with you, they have no choice,” Trump told reporters at a news conference, adding that companies and jobs had left the U.S. to escape trade barriers abroad. “We’re going to fix that situation. And if it’s not fixed, then we’re not going to deal with these countries.”

    “We’re the piggy bank that everybody is robbing,” Trump added at one point. “And that ends.”

    • Gezza

       /  June 10, 2018

      It’s probably about time everyone really did start thinking about whether the American piggy bank should be the only one in the game.

  4. The dishonest pot speaking again.

    This won’t help trade and NAFTA negotiations with Canada. And pissing off other world leaders could come back to bite the US in other ways too.