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

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

We have a great relationship.

Trump will now begin his almost 20-hour journey to Singapore where he is expected to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12, a tête-à-tête created to encourage the rogue state to end its nuclear program.

Trump, who left the summit in La Malbaie early ahead of his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesaday, told reporters the USA needed protectionist tariffs because "we are like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing".

The summit came during an ongoing trade dispute with China and served as a precursor to his unprecedented meeting with Kim, in which he has sought to extend a hand to the Asian autocrat who has long bedeviled the worldwide order.

Germany's Angela Merkel says nothing has changed when it comes to Russian Federation.

Mr Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating a position he carried through the 2016 U.S. election campaign into the White House that the United States had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, with French President Emmanuel Macron pushing back on the assertion and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chiming in.

The tweets will be a serious and completely unexpected blow to the French president Emanuel Macron and the German chancellor Angela Merkel, who believed a deal to smooth over tensins on US-European trade had been agreed.

Mr. Trump said he stood up his G7 allies who were angry over USA steel and aluminum tariffs imposed against Canada, Europe and Mexico.


Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the United States and has insisted that it be renegotiated.

He said Saturday that he's also considering scrapping the North American Free Trade Agreement in favor of bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico individually. A Canadian official said the leaders discussed accelerating the pace of the talks.

The president appeared to be in no hurry to leave for Canada earlier Friday. The country was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Trump himself told reporters on Saturday that the summit was not contentious and called his relationship with G-7 allies a "10". France's finance minister has billed the group as "a G-6 plus one" in reference to Trump's isolation from other allies. "At previous meetings this has been done in a number of ways, such as a chairman's statement".

"If they retaliate, they're making a tremendous mistake, because you see we have a tremendous trade imbalance", the President warned.

Trump's statement was made just before he left: the United States president has been at odds with the G-7 countries over mounting import duties disagreements.

European leaders criticize the USA decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

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