Trump exits G7 with trade warning: Retaliatory tariffs would be 'mistake'

Donald Trump asks US representatives not to endorse G7 Summit communique

Donald Trump asks US representatives not to endorse G7 Summit communique

Shortly after Trudeau said that he was "happy to announce that we have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the U.S. had signed on, Trump announced the United States would reverse its decision and not sign on to the statement after all.

President Donald Trump arrived late for a gender equality meeting at an worldwide summit, prompting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to kick it off without waiting for "stragglers" to arrive. Shortly afterward, the White House issued a separate photo showing a sitting Trump speaking as Merkel, Abe and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listen.

The G7 summit came amid rising tensions between the USA and other member nations - Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan - over Trump's recent steel and aluminum tariffs.

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".

"This is what a G7 is supposed to be about - all of us pulling together and doing things that matter for our citizens and for the world", Trudeau said.

"The nature of the debate we had was rather appeasement and it stopped the escalation in terms of behavior", Macron, who had exchanged terse Twitter messages with Trump in the run-up to the summit, told reporters. "He's sticking to his guns, and he's going to talk to them".

USA allies will "be looking forward to the day when there's a different government in the United States", he said.

On the North American free-trade negotiations, Mr. Trump said he proposed a bilateral deal to Mr. Trudeau, an idea the prime minister rejected.

Trump sensationally withdrew his endorsement of their joint statement following the major global gathering.

And he says his steel and aluminum tariffs are based on legitimate national security concerns, rebuffing the concerns of allies.

Trump, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday, pointed fingers at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, stating that "they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

"Very dishonest and weak".

However, Canadian PM's office responded to the "tweeting attack" in a statement saying that Justin Trudeau did nothing to provoke the backlash from Donald Trump. Trump said he was discussing two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May stood with Trudeau on the issue of trade.

On 1 June, the U.S. imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the EU, Canada, and Mexico.

It comes after Trudeau explained his position at a news conference in which he outlined the difficulties in moving forward with the North American Free Trade Agreement.

This followed two days of feuding with some of his closest allies - one French official told reporters of a "very unusual" and "bitter" exchange Friday between world leaders, describing the U.S. president making his case in a "Rant".

However, Edward Alden, also a CFR senior fellow, said repairing relations with our immediate neighbors Mexico and Canada, who had felt NAFTA would shield them from the American government's more extreme protectionist measures, have found themselves essentially abandoned.

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