QUEBEC, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pressed Washington to reconsider the U.S. tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, and encouraged President Donald Trump to work with Canada to address unfair trade.
Trudeau made the remarks when he met with Trump during the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada on Friday, according to the official G7 website.
The leaders of the G7, the world's most powerful industrialized countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Japan and the United States, meet every year to discuss collaboration on issues like world economy, climate change, security and peace.
Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated it is unacceptable to include Canada in 232 national security tariffs.
The two leaders also discussed the close security and economic partnership between Canada and the United States. They exchanged views on energy exports from Canada. Furthermore, they agreed on the importance of bringing negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to a successful and timely conclusion.
Meanwhile, President Trump said Saturday that renegotiations on NAFTA could lead to a new trilateral trade deal with substantial changes or two separate trade agreements.
"We'll either leave it the way it is as a threesome deal with Canada, the United States and Mexico, and change it very substantially...or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico," Trump said at a press conference at the Group of Seven (G7) summit in Quebec.
"So we are either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals. Both of those things could happen," Trump said, warning that it would be "very bad" for Canada and Mexico if no deal could be reached among the three countries.
Trump also said NAFTA negotiators were "pretty close" to agree on some kind of sunset provision, which could allow the trade agreement to be renegotiated every five years.
Talks on renegotiating the NAFTA began in August 2017 as Trump threatened to withdraw from the 23-year-old trade deal. The three countries remain divided over the rules of origin for automobiles and other issues following months-long negotiations.
The G7 summit came after the Trump administration announced last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union (EU), Canada and Mexico, which has drawn strong opposition from the domestic business community and quick retaliation from U.S. major trading partners.
Trump told reporters that he had demanded for "fair and reciprocal" trade practices and proposed to eliminate all trade barriers at the G7 summit.
"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be, and no subsidies," he said, warning that other countries could lose access to the United States if they don't reduce trade barriers.
"I did suggest it and people were -- I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out," Trump said.
Trade experts and officials are skeptical about Trump's idea of zero tariffs, as the Trump administration has slapped high tariffs on imports of solar panel, washing machines, steel and aluminum products.
European Council President Donald Tusk warned on Friday that Trump's protectionist trade measures pose a threat to the rules-based international order.
"What worries me most, however, is the fact that the rules-based international order is being challenged. Quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor: the U.S.," Tusk said, adding the United States and other G7 members would continue to disagree on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.