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President Donald Trump has tweeted that he now doesn't endorse the G-7 joint statement after what he calls Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a closing news conference.

"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" Very dishonest & weak".

Trump had entered the summit amid a spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over us tariffs on steel and aluminum. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I'm not looking to do that.

But Trump's outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed, and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large U.S. market.

Speaking before his departure from the G7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, Trump also defended the punishing steel and aluminium tariffs he has imposed on his fellow G7 leaders - all of whom are feeling the sting of those newly imposed measures.


While Italy's new premier Giuseppe Conte, the head of a populist coalition, sided with Trump, many other European leaders were horrified and warned against the idea.

Earlier in the day, Trudeau said that the communique was agreed by all countries.

He added, "if they retaliate, they're making a mistake".

Morneau said the tariff retaliation would cause "increasing friction" that would impede progress on NAFTA, but added there is a need "to step back from that destructive action so that we can actually get to the real work".

Although Trump engaged in a Twitter spat with French President Emmanuel Macron and Trudeau in the hours prior to the start of the summit, the tensions cooled once all the leaders came face-to-face for talks on Friday.


On Saturday, Mr Trump arrived late for the first working session on gender equality but Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau forged ahead with opening remarks without him, commenting wryly about "stragglers".

The government announced it would impose more than $16.6-billion in retaliatory tariffs, effective July 1, on a variety of USA goods. "Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said.

Mr Trump left the summit earlier than planned on Saturday to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which he described as a "mission of peace".

Trump insisted that either version of the any future North American trade deal must have one key feature - a five-year sunset clause.

Trump told reporters he pressed for "fair and reciprocal" trade practices at the G-7 meeting in Canada, urging his foreign counterparts to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices. "We have a little test every once in a while when it comes to trade".


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

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