Trudeau talks trade with Trump at G7 summit

Both U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sang the praises of their newly minted trade Sunday as the two sat down on the margins of the G7 summit.The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), painstakingly negotiated after the mercurial president promised to rip up the existing North American Free Trade deal (NAFTA), is the kind of arrangement other leading democracies are pining for, the prime minister said. "Quite frankly, around the table there's a number of people wanting to make trade deals with each other," Trudeau said of the Group of Seven meeting, which is this year being held in the French seaside resort of Biarritz.Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met on the edge of the summit on Saturday and agreed to let officials meet in order to finish hammering a temporary trade deal that will keep commerce flowing for the United Kingdom in the aftermath its exit from the European Union.French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and U.S. President Donald Trump gather with the other G7 leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sunday in Biarritz, France. (Philippe Wojazer/Reuters)The meeting with Trump was the most important one-on-one session for Trudeau, who is expected to tout the benefits of the re-negotiated agreement in this fall's federal election."We have a deal that's good for our workers, good for our citizens, good for the middle class, and that's the kind of thing we need to see more of around the world," he said.There was no hint of acrimony as the two men posed for the cameras. Last year's G7 in Charleboix, Que., ended with Trump withdrawing his signature from the final communique and firing off angry personal Tweets at Trudeau over a perceived slight.On Sunday, Trump was determined to portray the deal as a political win for him and again called for Democrats to get in line and help ratify the agreement."I think it's a very special agreement," the president said. "Our farmers love it. The unions love it. The workers love it, manufacturers love it. Everybody likes it. I think most Democrats like it. Hopefully they'll be put to vote fairly soon."The meeting happened after G7 leaders officially got down to business and held their first major working session, which was devoted to the global economy. Watch this video to catch up on Day 1 of the summit: A quick recap of some of the big moments from the beginning of the G7. 2:18Leaders were looking for insight about how far Trump intends to take his trade war with China.Markets tumbled on Friday as Trump escalated that fight.Trump promised he will raise existing duties on $250 billion US in Chinese good to 30 per cent on Oct. 1, and will hit an additional $300 billion in Chinese products on Sept. 1.In addition to Trump, Trudeau and Johnson, the G7 leaders include Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italy's acting Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and European Council President Donald Tusk. Tackling tensions with IranTrump disputed statements by the French government ...Read more

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