Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summit

Trump to leave G7 summit early amid feud with Trudeau, Macron

Trump to leave G7 summit early amid feud with Trudeau, Macron

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.

The U.S. president arrived several minutes after the start of the breakfast meeting between G7 leaders and the gender equality advisory council that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau created for this year's summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday rejected a US demand for a sunset clause in NAFTA but said he was prepared to compromise on the issue, which is holding up talks to update the 1990s-era pact.

The communiqué had been agreed by all countries participating in the G7 in spite of tensions over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the BBC reported, with Trudeau commenting that all countries had signed on to the statement prior to Trump's comments.

"I think we had a very open and direct discussion this afternoon, we've always had this kind of discussion".

"For us, it was important to have a commitment to rules-based trade", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said, before Trump's comments.

The US president repeated his call for Vladimir Putin to join the other leaders around the summit table. "You want a tariff-free - you want no barriers, and you want no subsidies", he said.

Because the USA has vowed to ignore the rules of the global trading system that it helped put into place, including the World Trade Organization, trade deals are stalled for the foreseeable future.

Trump last month directed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to initiate a national-security investigation into imports of cars, trucks and vehicle parts that could possibly lead to tariffs.


Trudeau and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland later tweeted photos of the women's empowerment meeting, showing Trump's empty chair.

The US president did not appear to be listening during some of the trade presentations, another G-7 official familiar with the meeting said.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.

Canada and European leaders were enraged, vowed to retaliate, and delivered a number of jabs at the president ahead of the G7 summit.

Trump himself insisted relationships with allies were a "ten" just before he left the summit.

He suggested Mr Trudeau was "very dishonest and weak".

French President Emmanuel Macron described it as a good first step that represented the G7 nations' desire to stabilize the situation. In fact, Russian Federation was expelled from what was then the G-8 after it invaded and annexed Crimea and for its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

Earlier on Twitter, Macron said six of the seven G7 countries "do not mind" signing an agreement if need be - essentially isolating the United States.

On 1 June, the USA imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the European Union (EU), Canada, and Mexico.

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