Trump Won't Endorse G7 Statement, Slams Trudeau As 'Weak'

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

U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One to depart for travel to Singapore from the Canadian Forces Base Bagotville, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference. Trudeau said he told Mr. 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".

Trump tweeted: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".

Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the USA president tweeted. He says "we're not looking to play games". Mr Trump said the move would protect domestic producers that were vital to U.S. security.

"We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit".

While the two men have had several seemingly congenial meetings and phone calls since Trump took office, they could not be more different in terms of policy, with Trudeau a progressive liberal, outspoken on feminism and the merits of diversity and who was close to former president Barack Obama.

"Together we should tackle intellectual property theft and look at how we can further reduce red tape, regulatory barriers and tariffs between us - facilitating innovation and investment, to the mutual benefit of business and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic", the letter concludes. The noise of Mr Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the United States television series M.A.S.H.

The two-day G7 summit that began on Friday, was held in La Malbaie, Quebec province.

White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterisations by these officials of Trump's remarks or attention to the presentations. Halting all trade with countries that don't drop tariffs is a "very profitable answer", Trump said.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.

Mrs May added: "President Trump and I had a brief word here at the summit about how he is looking forward to his visit to the United Kingdom and I look forward to welcoming him to the United Kingdom".

Trump also repeated an earlier proposal that USA trading partners should drop all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies to industries and producers in their own countries.

"The level of relationship is a 10".

Russian Federation was expelled following Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which Mr Trump characterised as "something happened a while ago". Trump said he had not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while.

Germany also said it will stand by the jointly agreed communique.

Trudeau said he had told Trump that the talks had been made more complicated by a US decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, ostensibly for national security reasons.

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