Trump makes his own G7 reality, and shakes Trudeau's summit

Trump makes his own G7 reality, and shakes Trudeau's summit

Trump makes his own G7 reality, and shakes Trudeau's summit

By departing early, the USA leader will miss talks about climate change and clean energy, and be out of the country by the time Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of US trade policy.

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that Russian Federation should attend the G7 meeting.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump wrote in another Twitter post.

In the brief photo opportunity that started their bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the fractious G7 summit, Trump followed Trudeau's diplomatic introduction by joking that Trudeau had backed down on retaliatory tariffs.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called USA metal tariffs "insulting" and announced retaliatory measures.

During the call in May, sources told CNN that Trudeau asked Trump how he could justify national security as a reason for placing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

The communique said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the other G7 leaders registered their "deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S." on its closest allies. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing".

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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".

President Donald Trump leaves the main building alongside White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.

That leaves Trump diametrically opposed with Canada, which says renegotiating the deal every five years would create perpetual uncertainty and harm long-term investment.

Tusk had earlier lamented that the "rules-based global order is being challenged" by current US President Donald Trump. "So we are going in with a really positive spirit". Trudeau called the move "frankly insulting" on "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd on Sunday.

Trudeau responded, "I'd say NAFTA is in good shape", and they both cracked up.

Trump added that the meeting was a "one-time shot" but he thought it would "work out very well".

Trump earlier had a bitter exchange with other G7 leaders over trade tariffs before leaving the summit ahead of talks on climate change and the health of oceans got underway. In a statement at the time the countries, which include the U.S., France, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan, condemned Russia's actions as "illegal" and in "contravention of worldwide law".

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