Trump says United States won't sign G7 joint statement, leaving summit in chaos

President Donald Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron during the G-7 summit Friday

President Donald Trump meets with French President Emmanuel Macron during the G-7 summit Friday

And after the Trudeau meeting Friday, the White House released a statement saying "the two leaders and their delegations are close to a deal on Nafta", while U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said a few weeks ago that the nations are "nowhere near close to a deal".

At the press conference Mr Trudeau insisted the US, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan had figured out "consensus language" they could all agree to in the joint communique issued at the end of the G7 summit, despite the tensions with the US.

The prospect that he could be moving toward an even greater protectionist trade policy is likely to chill financial markets anxious about tit-for-tit escalation that could lead to a full-blown global trade war.

Governments tried to shore up the damage late on Saturday with statements backing the form of words they thought had been agreed.

"The U.S.is officially in a trade war with Canada", Buzzfeed reporter David Mack wrote in response to Trump's tweet.

US President Donald Trump has left following his brief trip to Canada saying his relationship with the G7 countries is a 10 out of 10, and reports of rifts between the powerful countries are simply "fake news".

But Trump's claims that he is in favor of global free trade would appear contradictory to his recent imposition of tariffs on United States allies, much to their collective discontent. He said he was "going in with a very positive attitude and I think we will come out fine". "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't", he tweeted.

He rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for being "dishonest & weak" and making "false statements".

The G7 also committed to working to ensure they complement the multilateral trade agreements and to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible, the document said.


Still, Trump left a trail of protectionist sentiment in his wake, with many comments attacking the trade practices of the other G7 countries and a few extra jabs on Twitter as he flew away.

The attack shattered any hope that Canada could avoid US tariffs on steel and aluminum or renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement by virtue of the charm, patience or measured response it has extended to Trump since he took office.

Pierre Lampron, the president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, shot back at Trump's claims about his industry. Manufacturing, an industry Trump focuses on, makes up about 10% of USA economic output.

Before departing the summit, Trump doubled-down on his assertions that the United States has been subjected to unfair trade duties for many years.

But, he said, the USA could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

"There are always other things we can work on", Trudeau said.

"The president will continue to say what he says at various occasions". All three trading partners have threatened to retaliate with their own levies against US imports.

But in his closing news conference, Trudeau argued the two-day event was a success.

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