US President Donald Trump on Saturday said he had instructed his representatives not to endorse a joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after what he called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.
The US leader had left the meeting early en route for Singapore and a historic nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, only to take exception to comments made by Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a news conference back on the ground. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called United States metal tariffs "insulting" and announced retaliatory measures.
"Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau had told reporters as he reiterated that Canada would retaliate against USA tariffs on steel and aluminum, adding Trump's rationale had been insulting.
Trump created a distraction when he walked in late for Saturday's breakfast meeting during the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations being held in Quebec.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Mr Trump's announcement on Twitter had destroyed trust and Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together.
"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, told reporters.
Because the United States has vowed to ignore the rules of the global trading system that it helped put into place, including the World Trade Organization, trade deals are stalled for the foreseeable future. Macron said Thursday on Twitter, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".
The joint communique is a statement of broad goals and principles endorsed by the G7 leaders, and Trump's refusal means that this will be the first year that the annual summit fails to issue one. Its statement took a generally positive view of the leaders' positions on trade matters while acknowledging tensions with the US.More news: G7 leaders meet amid fear of a global trade war
Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.
"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the G-7 nations said in their joint communique issued at the conclusion of the two-day summit in Canada.
Trump, however, accused the Canadian Prime Minister of falsehood.
"We have a very good relationship with President Trump, we work with President Trump, the United Kingdom has a very good relationship with the USA", she said.
- Dairy: Trump has lashed out at Canada's dairy exports repeatedly in the past few days, complaining that the USA pays prices that are 270 per cent higher than they should be because of unfair trade practices.
"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible".
Despite all of the tough talk, the president insists he got along with all the other world leaders in the summit.