"I may have had a much different attitude", Trump said.
And he made clear that extends to the current deal the U.S.is renegotiating with its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico. "It could be with Canada, with Mexico, one-on-one", the president added. And we've made a lot of progress today. Tariffs are going to come way down because people can not continue to do that.
Trump addressed a wide range of concerns in comments to the press before leaving the G7 meeting in Canada.
"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the US and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"
Trudeau, who has been sparring with Mr. Trump on trade in recent days, announced at the conclusion of the G-7 summit in Canada that the retaliatory tariffs will go into effect July 1. "We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible", the communique stated, according to a copy obtained by The Canadian Press.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday accused other countries of "robbing" the United States on trade and threatened to stop doing business with them altogether as he pushed his "America First" agenda at a Group of Seven nations summit.
Among other things, Barro wrote, Russia was kicked out of the alliance under the Obama presidency and Trump enjoys undoing Obama's actions; other G7 leaders have a few bones to pick with Trump that Russian President Vladimir Putin may not; Putin and other autocrats flatter Trump more than democratically elected leaders do; and with Putin at the table, it would take some of the heat off Trump.
Once again, he emphasized that the days of the USA getting the short end of the stick in its trading relationships with the world were over under his watch.
Canada charges the US a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!
Asked whether he thought the leaders could agree on a joint statement, Trump said, "I think we'll have a joint statement".
Trump has said he'll use the summit to argue that the other six nations are taking advantage of the USA on trade.
But by insisting on re-negotiating every five years, Trump is diametrically opposed with Canada, which says the sunset clause would create perpetual uncertainty and harm long-term investment.
Macron, in particular, implored Trump to understand that tariffs alone were not a cause of trade imbalances.
Trudeau refused, and the meeting was off.
That means he will miss a working session among the leaders on climate change and clean energy, as well as talks among the G7 and poorer countries focused on the health of oceans. "And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it".
But the attempts to convey at least a semblance of unity were undermined when Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed he was going ahead with his tariffs against the U.S. in response to USA moves against his country's steel and aluminum industries. "I think it will be very positive", Trump said on Friday, without giving details.
Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world".
As he prepared to travel to Canada, he ramped up his blast of Canada on Twitter this morning over what he says are unfair trade practices. The United States pays enormous tariffs on dairy.