Trump remains isolated as G7 summit enters final day

ImageProto-Canadians disguised as British troops set the torch to Washington in 1814 during the War of 1812

ImageProto-Canadians disguised as British troops set the torch to Washington in 1814 during the War of 1812

After the contentious salvos on social media and the Trudeau-Macron news conference, the White House announced Trump would depart the summit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on women's empowerment.

Numerous G7 leaders have been angered by the Trump administration's harsh tariffs on steel and aluminum on national security grounds and the USA leader's shocking claim that Russian Federation - which was kicked out of what was then the G8 in 2014 after its seizure of Crimea - should be permitted to rejoin.

Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau held a joint press conference after private talks the night before to form a united front ahead of the Group of Seven summit that begins Friday.

In another tweet, Trump said he's "looking forward to seeing" Macron and Trudeau and accused them of "charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed outrage that Trump had invoked a national security justification for his global tariffs, even on imports from close USA allies. The president also referred to Trudeau's "false statements", which he didn't explain.

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Trump left the summit early Saturday, before it officially ended, to head to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12.

Trump added: "Very dishonest & weak". "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump declared.

The president said the USA was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

Alongside the G7 countries, India also came for a tongue lashing and Trump even threatened to cut trade ties with countries who are "being unfair on trade".

On the North American free-trade negotiations, Mr. Trump said he proposed a bilateral deal to Mr. Trudeau, an idea the prime minister rejected. Macron, who appeared to have built a warm relationship, said the "G6" leaders would not spark a fight at the summit.

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On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron had tweeted "the American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".

He also denied the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as an "extraordinary" exchange on Friday in which Trump repeated a list of trade grievances, mainly concerning the European Union and Canada.

'I really believe that he's going to do something positive for his people, for himself, for his family, ' he said.

The US president will come face-to-face at the gathering with world leaders whose views do not chime with his on a range of issues from trade to the environment as well as Iran and the construction of a new US embassy in Jerusalem. Pleas by the other member countries for exemptions from the USA steel and aluminum tariffs, which went into effect on 1 June, have fallen on deaf ears.

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 worldwide relations. Trump said Friday he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.

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Trump said he pushed for the elimination of trade barriers, including subsidies and tariffs, at the G-7 meeting. Canadian officials explained that the United States and Japan did not sign on because they did not want to commit to firm targets to reduce plastics. "And that ends", Trump said.

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