G7 summit fails to bridge gap as Trump left early

Trump to leave G7 summit early amid feud with Trudeau, Macron

Trump on June 9 tweeted that based on "false statements" by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who hosted a G7 summit in Quebec, he had instructed US representatives not to endorse the final communique, which the Canadian leader had said was agreed to by all G7 nations.

"I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" he added.

President Donald Trump delivered a stern warning on trade to foreign countries at the Group of Seven summit on Saturday, advising trading partners not to retaliate against USA tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum.

The Group of Seven (G-7) leaders came to their summit in Canada braced for battle, and while everyone had smiles ready for the cameras, behind the scenes US President Donald Trump delivered a "rant" and recriminations on trade to US allies, leaving the once united club deeply divided.

"International cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks", President Emmanuel Macron's office said in a statement to AFP.

The Trump administration announced two weeks ago that it would investigate whether auto imports hurt US national security, the first step toward tariffs similar to the ones he imposed on steel and aluminum imports last week. Trump told reporters that the countries would have to either lower their tariffs against the US or the USA would stop trading with them.

Before the president arrived at the summit, he criticized Canadian tariffs on USA dairy products, adding that he was "looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that "Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7".

While Europe's leaders have often allowed Germany and France to coordinate a common stance at global gatherings, Conte raised eyebrows at the start of the summit by siding with Trump on the issue of Russia's readmission to their club.

Trump's next stop after the G7 summit is to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel said.

The early exit also means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the USA stance on trade and Trump's abrupt suggestion on Friday that Russian Federation be re-admitted to the elite grouping.

A member of Macron's team characterized the talks as "frank and robust", with Trump first repeating his lengthy diatribe about what he regards as unfair trade restrictions - before the Europeans responded with facts and figures they felt would blunt his argument.

A quick search reveals people are now blowing up Twitter as they try to decide what to make of the bone crushing handshake between the pair. "And no subsidies. I even said, 'no tariffs, '" Trump insisted while defending his decision to impose a global tariff on USA imports of steel and aluminium.

"We want to continue a good trading relationship with the European Union, but we also want to take advantage once we are outside it of being able to negotiate our own agreements with other countries around the world because I think that is to the benefit of the people living in the United Kingdom" May said.

"Let's say Canada, where we have tremendous tariffs".

"It may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run".

The picture, snapped Saturday by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, shows a standing Merkel with her hands firmly planted on a table staring down at Trump, who is seated with his arms folded and eyes glaring.

Trump fired back at the world leaders, attacking both Trudeau and Macron on Twitter the day before the summit.

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