Trump says he ordered his representatives not to sign G7’s final communique

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2018

There was little expectation of a major breakthrough at the summit - held in the mountainous Quebec village of La Malbaie - on trade given Mr. Trump's temperament and long-held protectionist ideology, but the President insisted he got along well with Mr. Trudeau and other leaders who stood up to him.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forcefully responded to Donald Trump's trade threats at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, vowing Saturday that Canada won't be "pushed around" in a confrontation with the U.S.

President Trump said retaliation tariffs from his allies were a "mistake" and warned that if it got as far as a trade war, then the USA would "win that war a thousand times out of a thousand".

The letter, which comes after Trump imposed hefty aluminium and steel tariffs on the European Union and other trade allies, focuses on the trade and investment relationship between the European Union and the U.S. - a relationship which, the ambassadors say, "other countries can only dream of".

The Prime Minister said: "Where we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly. And we charge nothing", he said. "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", spokesman Cameron Ahmad said. And as the 45th President celebrates his first year in office, we take at his funniest pics from the past 365 days.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was broad agreement among G7 leaders that tariffs and other trade barriers should be reduced, though she acknowledged that differences with the United States remained.

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Although Trump engaged in a Twitter spat with French President Emmanuel Macron and Trudeau in the hours prior to the start of the summit, the tensions cooled once all the leaders came face-to-face for talks on Friday.

The U.S. president will leave the summit Saturday morning, the White House said, just before meetings begin on climate change, energy policy and oceans.

Following Trudeau's comments regarding the communique, the Canadian leader said "strong, firm conversations on trade and specifically American tariffs" took placed at the G-7 meeting.

Trump cited progress on reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, saying the final outcome would lead either to an improved trade deal or separate pacts with the two US neighbors.

"I would say that the level of relationships is a 10 - we have a great relationship".

In 2014, Russian Federation was ousted from the then Group of 8 after annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday. "And that ends", Trump said. Trump said he had not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while.

"I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in, I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all the countries of the current G7", he said.

On 1 June, the U.S. imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the EU, Canada, and Mexico.