U.S. President Donald Trump throws the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and instructed his representatives NOT to endorse the summit's joint communique.
Donald Trump's top economic adviser is accusing Justin Trudeau of betraying the USA administration hours after the president himself launched insults at the prime minister, calling him "very dishonest and weak".
- Trudeau's reputation:The prime minister has made no secret of the need to maintain a cordial relationship of respect with Trump, because no country matters more to Canada's security, prosperity and freedom. 'The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President'.
After departing from the Quebec summit for Singapore, Trump tweeted that Trudeau's remarks at a news conference, where he said Canada would not be pushed around, "were very dishonest and weak".
President Trump proposed a major shakeup of the world's economic order during a summit in Canada this week, suggesting the world's big economies drop all tariffs and market-distoring subsidies and go to a fully free system of trade.
Sticking points also remain in the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) renegotiations between Canada, the USA and Mexico, despite it being a key topic during the bilateral meeting between Mr Trump and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau.
While talking tough with US allies such as Canada and the EU, Trump repeated his call for Russian Federation to be allowed back into the elite club, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Japan.
USA allies will "be looking forward to the day when there's a different government in the United States", he said. Copies that begin "We, the Leaders of the G7..." were distributed in the press room stamped "Approved".
The top German diplomat specifically referenced Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate accords, and the imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum as unfathomable measures to take against his nation's closest allies.
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Trump, who repeated that his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair global competition, said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.
Canada are hosting the leaders of the UK, Italy, the US, France, Germany and Japan for the two day summit, in the town of La Malbaie.
During the summit, Trump had changed the photo on his Twitter page to the "family photo" taken with other G7 leaders.
"President Trump played that process in good faith". "We're going to fix that situation".
He branded the EU as "brutal" in business and warned countries it would be a "mistake" to retaliate against his 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminium from countries including the United Kingdom and members of the European Union. I said okay, but so far we're getting nothing. Bannon said China is "now on notice that Trump will not back down from even allies" complaints in his goal of "America First"'.
At issue, Trudeau defending his country's retaliatory tariffs on the U.S.
Trump cautioned other nations - those in the G-7 and around the world - that the size of the USA economy means other nations can't win a trade war. Signaling that his allies would not be intimated, Macron made it clear that the other six countries at G7 meeting would gladly sign deal without Trump.