Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada’s G7 summit

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The G7 summit in Canada has ended in the escalation of a row over trade with US President Donald Trump withdrawing support for a communique, citing "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

On Saturday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sniped about "stragglers" after Mr Trump was late to a breakfast session on gender equality.

Although Mr Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect USA industry, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliatory measures.

Mr Trump, who aides said has little interest in multilateralism, resumed his tirade against Canada and "unfair trade deals" with G-7 countries early yesterday morning.

While talking tough with US allies such as Canada and the E.U., Trump repeated his call for Russian Federation to be allowed back into the elite club, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Japan.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the world's most powerful countries at the two-day summit in La Malbaie, in Quebec's Charlevoix region. "Our tariffs are in response to his of 270 per cent on dairy!" Or we'll stop trading with them.

Mr. Trump, though, said conversations were cordial and respectful at the summit.

Shortly before his arrival at the two-day summit, Trump injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G-7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation, which was ousted from the group after it annexed Crimea in 2014.

"I said very simply that it is not something we are even remotely interested or looking at this time to have Russian Federation returned to the G7", Trudeau said at the press conference following the two-day summit. And we're not going to be able to do that work when our retaliatory tariffs, which are real, they're significant", Morneau said in a Saturday interview.

The two men also traded jibes on Twitter in the build-up to the summit in Canada, which has been soured by Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from the European Union.

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free", he said.

Just hours ago, President Donald Trump was tweeting about the "great meetings and relationships with the six Country Leaders". He and Trudeau discussed the notion of a bilateral deal when they met Friday, according to a White House statement.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron said in another tweet. "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".

The US president is en route to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump described as a "mission of peace".

Shortly before leaving, he also told reporters that the decision to remove Russian Federation from the group of the world's most advanced economies over the annexation of Crimea should be reversed.

Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.

The comparison came when Macron was asked Tuesday about a CNN report from last week that said he called out Trump during a phone call over trade and immigration.

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