G7 Summit far from harmonious

President Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 2017

President Trump speaks on the phone with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office on Jan. 28 2017

MORE rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying that the US will not endorse a joint communique signed with the other Group of Seven (G-7) members at this weekend's summit and seemingly threatening to impose further tariffs on the country.

Trump's latest verbal counter-punch came in response to comments made by Trudeau at the press conference, in which he threatened to torpedo negotiations on a new NAFTA deal if the U.S. did not remove the steel and aluminum tariffs.

"If the expectation was that a weekend in attractive Charlevoix surrounded by lovely people was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite perhaps meet that bar" - Trudeau acknowledges the deep divide between the U.S. and fellow G7 members in an end of summit press conference.

"This isn't just G7". "I mean it's not a question of "I hope it changes". American tariffs are in response to Canada's tariffs of "270% on diary" delivered by the USA, he said. He later added, "It's going to stop".

We're going to start the program at the G-7 summit in Canada, where differences between the USA and its allies have been front and center today.

He also denied the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as an "extraordinary" exchange on Friday in which Trump repeated a list of trade grievances, mainly concerning the European Union and Canada.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterizations by these officials of Mr Trump's remarks or attention to the presentations. The act was deemed so aggressive that other leaders kicked Russian Federation out of the group and canceled an upcoming summit in Russian Federation.

He said US farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms.

"Angela (Merkel) and Emmanuel (Macron) and Justin (Trudeau) - I would say the relationship is a 10".

"When I am telling them, they are smiling at me".

May pleaded with fellow leaders to step back from the brink of a damaging trade war at a session of the summit on Friday night. He then took questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes, where he threatened to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement if he can't make a better deal with America's neighbors.

Yet, his threat to not sign the Communique also has the potential to upend, not only his gains with Trudeau and Canada, but a lot of the goodwill gained by the conference.

Trump tweeted his reversal after what he called "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who he labeled "dishonest and weak".

"He can take that nation and truly make it a great nation so it is a one-time shot and I think it is going to work out very well", Mr. Trump said.

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