The Wall Street Journal: Trump calls for ‘tariff-free’ G-7, just days after bringing in tariffs

The Wall Street Journal: Trump calls for ‘tariff-free’ G-7, just days after bringing in tariffs

President Donald Trump on Saturday called for the Group of Seven industrialized nations to become a “tariff-free” trade zone, ahead of his departure from this year’s summit.



The U.S. is like a “piggy bank that everybody is robbing.”


President Donald Trump

In a solo press conference in La Malbaie, Quebec, Trump said the group should be free of tariffs, subsidies and other trade barriers.


He dismissed suggestions of tensions between him and his G-7 counterparts, following his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from some of America’s closest allies.


“I will say it was not contentious,” he said. “What was strong was the language that this cannot go on.”





He described his relationship with his fellow G-7 leaders as “a 10,” and said that he blames past U.S. administrations for striking “bad” trade deals as other national leaders sought deals in their own countries’ interests.

An extended version of this report appears on WSJ.com


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