Trump slams Trudeau, says U.S. won’t endorse G7 communique

Trump slams Trudeau, says U.S. won’t endorse G7 communique

However, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later said in a press conference after Trump left the summit that retaliatory tariffs against the USA would still be implemented on Jul. 1.

Trump said his statement was in response to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's comment following the summit that Canada "would not be pushed around".

President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G-7 summit on Friday in Charlevoix, Canada.

And he said he told Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

Despite the differences, Mr Trudeau announced that the leaders had managed to agree a joint communique at the summit which highlighted the importance of "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment" and said the G7 would "continue to fight protectionism".

Their leaders confronted Trump about how his protectionist policies had given them no choice but to retaliate with tariffs of their own, a person familiar with the encounter said.

On trade, at one point it seemed as though Mr Trump was in search of some sort of grand bargain, as he called for the end of all subsidies, tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade.

On bringing Russian Federation back into the G7: "I think it would be an asset to have Russian Federation back in". Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation. The other leaders spoke warm words of support for Mr Trump's effort to persuade North Korea to give up nuclear weapons.

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

French President Emmanuel Macron said he and Trump had "open and direct" discussions, adding that he thought there was a way to get a "win-win" outcome on trade. Tellingly, the desk in front of Mr Trump was bare.

President Trump earlier told reporters he had proposed the idea of a tariff-free G7 to other leaders and described his talks with them as "extremely productive". The three countries remain divided over the rules of origin for automobiles and other issues following months-long negotiations.

Trudeau said he told Trump that readmitting Russian Federation "is not something that we are even remotely looking at at this time".

Trump is not the first politician to make the realpolitik argument that Russian Federation belongs at the G7 table, but his position is a complete turnabout from the Obama Administration, which condemned the 2014 annexation and imposed sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment.

France's President Macron also shared another view, with him arguing forcefully with his hands in Mr Trump's direction.

As they departed it became clear that many are still searching for ways to deal with the unpredictable United States leader.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerSchumer: Trump "turning our foreign policy into an global joke" Senators, use your cancelled summer recess to pass pro-life bills Trump knocks Schumer's advice after he warns against "seat of the trousers negotiating" MORE (D-N.Y.) took a jab at Trump by condemning his earlier calls for Russian Federation to be reinstated in the group. "That would be the ultimate thing, whether or not that works, but I did suggest it".

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