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President Trump throws G-7 into disarray with tweets after he leaves

10 June 2018

United States President Donald Trump has accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements" and said that Washington will not endorse a G7 communique, the media reported.

After departing from the Quebec summit for Singapore, Trump tweeted that Trudeau's remarks at a news conference, where he said Canada would not be pushed around, "were very dishonest and weak".

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing US tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat trade war Saturday as US President Donald Trump rejected an attempt to write a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau said at a news conference.

Despite being at odds with other countries at the gathering in Canada, Mr Trump rated his relationship with their leaders as a "10" - naming Germany's Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau, but not the UK's Prime Minister.

On Canada, Trump repeated criticism of Canadian dairy but says he wants to make a deal on NAFTA, with two different types of sunset clauses - a stumbling block for Canada in the past.

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The UK is thought to have concerns about the European Commission's proposed package of 2.8 billion euro (£2.46 billion) of tariffs on U.S. goods.

It is an annual summit bringing together Canada, the United States, the UK, France, Italy, Japan and Germany, which represent more than 60% of global net worth between them. And we've made a lot of progress today.

For weeks, tensions have been bubbling over an escalating trade battle fueled by the US's imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada and the European Union.

"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be, and no subsidies", Trump said during a 30-minute press conference on the sidelines of the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"If the expectation was that a weekend in handsome 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 said.

"So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way".

He said the U.S. required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices, telling reporters the "United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades".

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"The U.S. has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore", Trump said. "The numbers are so much against them, we win that war 1000 times out of a 1000".

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

"The relationships were outstanding, but because of the fact that U.S. leaders of the past didn't do a good job on trade-and, again, I'm not blaming countries, I'm blaming our people that represented our past-it's gonna change", Trump said.

"We're either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals", the USA president said.

I don't know where to go with this dog bites man metaphor but boy isn't this a insane world we live in!

The United States would not back off from its tough stance in negotiations with trading partners, Trump said.

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President Trump throws G-7 into disarray with tweets after he leaves