Canada raises more than $3.8B for girls' education at G7

As Trump called for Putin to be brought back into the fold the Russian president met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani one of Trump's political enemies

As Trump called for Putin to be brought back into the fold the Russian president met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani one of Trump's political enemies

Mr Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating a position he carried through the 2016 U.S. election campaign into the White House that the United States had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, with French President Emmanuel Macron pushing back on the assertion and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chiming in.

Mr. Trump had signed the official G7 communique before leaving, but hours later, he tweeted that he had instructed his representatives "not to endorse" the final statement.

Differences over trade tariff disputes and calls to re-admit Russian Federation have overshadowed a summit attended by leaders from from seven of the world's wealthiest nations in Canada.

As The Guardian reports, the Comminique is actually "a joint statement [among all attending leaders] vowing to fight back against protectionism and pledging to follow established trade rules, in spite of clear differences between the U.S. and their counterparts in the global group".

The president went into the meeting under intense pressure from foreign leaders after he slapped high tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, citing USA national security needs.

"We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", said a statement from his office released on Twitter.

Trump, who is on his way to Singapore for a summit with North Korea's leader, also reiterated warnings that his administration was mulling tariffs "on automobiles flooding the USA market" in a move that would be primarily aimed at another G7 member, Germany.

On Canada, he is repeating his criticism of Canadian dairy but says he wants to make a deal on NAFTA, with two different types of sunset clauses - a stumbling block for Canada in the past.

G7 leaders in La Malabie.

Kirkegaard said he hopes Congress takes back trade powers from the president.


But Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia's reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago. Mexico slapped a 25% import tariff on US steel products, as well as 20% on pork products, 25% on bourbon and duties on other agricultural goods including cranberries.

Trudeau said the G7 had agreed to an "ambitious" communique, but he acknowledged the leaders left La Malbaie without significantly transforming Trump's increasingly confrontational approach to trade.

The top Nafta negotiators from the U.S. and Canada met earlier during the summit, after Trump in the morning complained about what he called unfair trading.

In a statement, a spokesman for Trudeau did not address Trump's insults. "Or we'll stop trading with them".

Trump heading to Quebec for the meeting with the leaders of the other so-called G7: Canada France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, and Japan.

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. "But we moved things forward in a significant way to build a consensus around many big issues that we were called on to address together".

"We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique", a senior United Kingdom government source said.

Although Merkel said the "common view" in Europe was to continue to exclude Russia, Italy's new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, echoed Trump's call for returning Russia to the "negotiating table" in a post on Twitter.

Canada has given up slices of its dairy market in previous talks, including with the United States on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a pact Trump quit.

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