Trump says USA won't sign G7 joint statement, leaving summit in chaos

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United States President Donald Trump on Saturday withdrew his endorsement of a joint statement released at the end of the G7 summit held in Canada and accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of being dishonest.

President Trump, who left the summit earlier than scheduled, demanded that the G7 countries reduce their trade barriers.

That move was met with criticism at home, including from Republicans, and announcements of retaliatory tariffs from US allies.

The president cited Trudeau's "false statements at his news conference" for his reason for reversing course, and then threatened to "look at tariffs on automobiles flooding the US market".

In response, Trudeau's spokesman said the federal government was focused on what was accomplished at the summit. It is customary for the nations to issue a joint communique at the conclusion of their annual summit. Still, the meeting did not appear to bring the sides much closer together.

The six-plus-one tone of the gathering in Quebec means the leaders from Canada, Britain, the United States, France, Germany, Italy and Japan are unlikely to issue a joint statement, too sharply divided on trade or the environment to reach consensus.

Trump has periodically called for closer ties with Russian Federation, although his administration's policy has included strong sanctions against Moscow.

"I think it would be good for the world", he added.

And finally, a promise: "I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States".

"I don't blame other leaders for that", Trump said.

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He said: "I would say that the level of relationships is a 10, we have a great relationship".

He says Russia's return as a member of the Group of Seven would be "an asset".

He said the USA 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".

The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President.

At his closing news conference, Trudeau had repeated his prior statements that he believed the US's national-security rationale for imposing steel and aluminum tariffs was "insulting", and that Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs.

The American leader said a three-country deal would only be possible with substantial changes, and reiterated his interest instead in forming separate two-way trade accords with Mexico and Canada - an interest Canada has made clear it does not share.

The tweets came after a tense day of G7 talks.

"Canadians are polite and reasonable, but we will not be pushed around", Trudeau told reporters.

As he exited the world summit, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations.

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