LA MALBAIE, Quebec Exiting a world summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump delivered a stark warning today to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.
Trump insisted U.S. allies would yield to his demands of a trade rebalance, warning that the United States would crush any opposition in a potential trade war. He is due to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he described as a "mission of peace".
Trump was last to arrive for the G7 working breakfast, walking into the room when the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had almost finished his welcome and presentation speech, Efe reported.
This year's summit, however, comes at a time of increasing tensions.
He said he suggested cutting all of the tariffs, duties and even government subsidies among the G7 countries, and said other leaders would "go back to the drawing board and check it out".
"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends", Trump said in a press conference Saturday.
Until recently, Trump had good diplomatic relationships with Macron and Trudeau, but those connections appear to have soured in the past few weeks amid the tariffs controversy.
Trump, meanwhile, said Trudeau was acting "indignant" and attacked the U.S.'s northern neighbor in a series of Twitter posts, focusing in part on Canadian dairy policy.
"I blame our leaders and I congratulate leaders of other countries for taking advantage of our leaders", Trump said. A Canadian official said the leaders discussed accelerating the pace of the talks.
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Trump said Friday that Russian Federation should be a part of the talks - a move that was likely to find little agreement among the group.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is now in Beijing, where he was presented with a friendship medal by Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat, will represent the United States for the G7 sessions that Trump will skip Saturday.
The G7, or "Group of Seven", is now made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.
On Saturday, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for Russia's aggression toward its neighbor.
At issue now is whether the seven nations can conclude their meeting with a joint statement of priorities.
"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be", Macron tweeted.
At what a French described as one "extraordinary" session on Friday, leaders who had vowed to confront Trump over his decision to impose tariffs on US allies last week as part of his "America First" agenda, showered Trump with data one after the other.
"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices". A lot of people wrote a couple of things that weren't quite true.
"They do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose ..."
His view is that other countries have imposed unfair tariffs limiting USA imports for decades but the United States has unwittingly allowed those countries to bring low-priced goods into the United States, hurting US companies and American workers. "I think it will be very positive", Mr Trump said on Friday, without giving details.
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