Group photo masks underlying tension at G-7 summit


Speaking on Saturday during a rare news conference, Trump said he pressed for the G-7 countries to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Donald Trump, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and France's President Emmanuel Macron stand together for a family photo with the other leaders of the G-7 summit in the Charlevoix city of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he was pulling the USA endorsement of G7 summit's final statement. That's the way it should be. You can go back 50 years frankly. "And no subsides, I even said not tariffs".

"If they retaliate they're making a mistake ..."

He also defended the wisdom of his controversial tariffs, saying that the USA would win a trade war against its allies because "they do so much more business with us than we do with them".

Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canadians "particularly did not take lightly the fact that it's based on a national security reason" and held firm to the government's threat of retaliation.

Trump's apparent threat to end US trade deals with top allies came as he feuded with French President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other leaders over the trade war he instigated late last month.

Merkel is proposing a forum - a "shared evaluation mechanism" - aimed at defusing the tensions with the US The idea has the backing of other European members, though it's unclear if it will get support from the Trump administration.

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Trump did not indicate that he had received any concessions in his negotiations on trade at the summit. Trump tweeted from on board Air Force One, just hours after leaving the G7 summit .

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White House officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the characterisations by these officials of Trump's remarks or attention to the presentations.

Trump, who is on his way to Singapore for a summit with North Korea's leader, also reiterated warnings that his administration was mulling tariffs "on automobiles flooding the United States market" in a move that would be primarily aimed at another G7 member, Germany. And tariffs are going to come way down because people can not continue to do that. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing".

"The level of relationship is a 10", Trump said. We have a great relationship.

He said he "came up with the term fake news" because much of the United States press "is very dishonest". I blame our past leaders. A subsequent visit in April this year warranted only a working lunch for the German leader, several days after fellow European Union leader Macron got the full, formal state dinner treatment from Trump.

But he said he was not going to budge in the trade fight.

But what has changed since Russia's ouster is Trump's election. "It's gonna change. I mean it's not a question of 'I hope it changes.' It's gonna change - 100 percent. I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7" - Trump calls for Russia's return to the club it was kicked out after annexing Crimea in 2014. A reporter began to ask the president, "Will you raise the issue of the gulags with Kim Jong Un".

"The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity and removes the incentive to innovate and ultimately makes everyone poorer", she said.

"Fake news CNN. The worst".