Trump Pulls US From G7 Joint Statement After Bitter Feud With Trudeau

America Alone?

Communique at G-7 released after Trump says U.S. won't endorse it

Earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that Trump's decision to invoke national security to justify United States tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum was "insulting" to Canadian veterans who had stood by their U.S. allies in conflict's dating back to World War I.

With Trudeau, Trump joked that "Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers between Canada and the United States". He said he pushed them to consider removing every single tariff or trade barrier on American goods, and in return he would do the same for products from their countries. He has long argued for reciprocal trade, meaning that USA tariff rates should be equal to other major trading partners' duties.

"Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the US president tweeted.

Leaving the Group of Seven Summit for Singapore, President Trump tweeted that he has instructed US representatives to not endorse a joint communique issued by the G-7 leaders.

Earlier reports had indicated that the United States had endorsed the communique, but Trump subsequently posted a message on Twitter slamming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's press conference held after the summit.

The President said Canada and Mexico were also close to a deal on a sunset clause on NAFTA, but a senior Canadian official said Ottawa is not interested in such a clause that would trigger reopening the trade pact in five years.

Trump's tweets taking aim at the leader of a country that has always been a United States ally came after the President left the G7 summit in Canada to travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

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European officials said Trump had tried to water down the language in the draft communique on the WTO and rules-based trade.

The President warned Canada and Europe to back off their threats to hit back with retaliatory trade measures on July 1 if the USA does not lift the steel and aluminum levies. "Very dishonest & weak", he said of Trudeau. "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump declared.

A day before Trump's call for Russian Federation to join economic talks, Macron delivered a sharp remark to Trump, saying that the remaining six countries of the G-7 "don't mind being six, if needs be". "And that's a very profitable answer if we have to do it", Trump said.

"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President". A subsequent visit in April this year warranted only a working lunch for the German leader, several days after fellow European Union leader Macron got the full, formal state dinner treatment from Trump. But has already made significant changes to trade policy - working around bipartisan opposition from Congress - through invoking a previously seldom-used provision that allows presidents to make trade decisions if they deem it necessary to protect national security.

Leading up to the meetings, Trump, Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron had suggested the potential for a tough tone, though they were cordial in face-to-face meetings. At his closing press conference, he announced all G7 nations had worked hard to finalize a joint statement, which largely committed them to keep talking on trade.

The US president repeated his call for Vladimir Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table. He says the meeting was not contentious and that he gets along well with the other leaders.

"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run", Trump said early on Friday morning.

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