Trump says USA not to endorse G7 communique

G-7 split over Trump's call to readmit Russia

G-7 split over Trump's call to readmit Russia

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, takes his seat after arriving late for the G7 and Gender Equality Advisory Council Breakfast, as IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde looks on, left, at the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Que., on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

In an "extraordinary" exchange between the leaders on Friday, Trump repeated a list of grievances about United States trade, mainly with the European Union and Canada, a French presidency official told reporters.

The Trump administration's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, the European Union and Mexico due to "national security" concerns has enraged U.S. allies and threatened to unleash a trade war.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reportedly challenged Trump's remarks, asking, "What about subsidies?"

John McCain on Saturday night criticized President Trump for his comments about the G7 summit about trade and Russian Federation.

"POTUS is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of this", Kudlow said, using an acronym for president of the United States.

The trade spat has dominated the meeting, with Canada and European leaders threatening retaliatory action in response to US tariffs on steel and aluminum. Trump is heading to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump tweeted Friday he's "looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with G7 countries" at the summit, saying the United States would "come out even better" if the deals were not improved.




"American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration", Trudeau said at a news conference Thursday.

But, he said, the US could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way. Readmitting Russia to the group would be an "asset", according to the president.

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision.

While Trump's relationship with some of the G7 members has reportedly been tense, one quickly came to his defense.

Trump has asked countries to end tariffs and trade barriers in his push for "fair and reciprocal" trade.

Trudeau, who was walking on a path near the summit site with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri, declined to answer the questions.

Though the USA appears increasingly isolated from its allies, Trump on Saturday insisted that his relationships with other leaders remains "great".

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