G7 summit fails to heal tariff dispute as Trump leaves early

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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a meeting at the G-7 summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada.

"President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump US dairy into Canada", Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the USA than it exports.

Mr. Trump responded directly to this statement in a tweet Saturday evening, writing that Trudeau "acted so meek and mild" and then held the press conference afterward criticizing the U.S.

The two-day summit has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with United States trading partners furious over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

"This agreement.is good news and it marks a collective desire to stabilise things", Mr Macron said.

But Trump's outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed, and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large USA market.

Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America's G7 allies.

He added, "if they retaliate, they're making a mistake". Trump said he had not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while.

He said the U.S. required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices, telling reporters the "United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades". Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'

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In a statement issued following Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau said he remained focus on what was accomplished at the G7 summit.

During an evening stroll with his wife and another couple, Trudeau was asked a couple of times by a reporter for his reaction to Trump's tweets.

Trump is issuing a stern warning to foreign countries not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum.

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau continued.

In a thinly veiled swipe at the United States, the PM said "not all countries play by the rules" and insisted "just because a country has issues with its trading partners, it doesn't mean that you take unilateral against them".

The communique said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. And tariffs are going to come way down, because people can not continue to do that.

Trump left the summit early for Singapore, where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week.

'There will not be a sunset clause. we will not, can not sign a trade deal that expires automatically every five years, ' he told a news conference at the end of a Group of Seven summit in Quebec.

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