Trump arrives in Quebec for G7 summit, wants Russian Federation invited back

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MORE rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday, saying that the US will not endorse a joint communique signed with the other Group of Seven (G-7) members at this weekend's summit and seemingly threatening to impose further tariffs on the country.

The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing USA tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump, who has recently clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his decision to impose tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, accused Trudeau of gouging the USA with his own tariffs.

But the attempts to convey at least a semblance of unity were undermined when Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed he was going ahead with his tariffs against the United States in response to USA moves against his country's steel and aluminum industries.

Trump said the final outcome would lead either to a better agreement on NAFTA or separate trade deals with both Canada and Mexico.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", he said at a press conference before making an early exit from the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, where he met with leaders of Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan.

At his news conference, Mr.Trump again called for Russian Federation to reinstated to the G7, a suggestion rejected by all the leaders, expect Italy's new populist Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.

The joint statement signed by US President Donald Trump and his counterparts comes amid a row over high US tariffs imposed this month on steel and aluminium imports.

Thursday, Trump took aim at Trudeau and Macron, accusing them of benefiting from one-sided trade arrangements with the United States.

In a phone call with Mr Trump, he was said to be even more blunt.

The G7 summit, held in La Malbaie, Quebec province, also covered such issues as relations with Russian Federation.

"I said very simply that it is not something we are even remotely interested or looking at this time to have Russian Federation returned to the G7", Trudeau said at the press conference following the two-day summit".

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"As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it's unlikely they'd keep eating them", Macron said, referring to 19th-century Prussian leader Otto von Bismarck, Reuters reported.

On Friday, Trump said that Russian Federation should be part of the G7 summit.

The G-7 became the G-8 in 1997, when Russian Federation became a member along with Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan.

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

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump raised eyebrows on Friday by suggesting Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin G-7.

He said he didn't blame the other world leaders, saying their countries struck good deals at America's expense, and said he blamed previous US presidents.

The window to pass a deal in this Congress has nearly certainly closed, observers say, and Mexico will elect a new president on July 1.

"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.

He missed Trudeau's introductory statement and entered the room while Gender Equality Advisory Council co-chair Isabelle Hudon was speaking.

President Donald Trump's planned meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the G7 is being pushed back to late Friday afternoon after a delayed departure from the White House.

The U.S. president left before the end of the summit and will fly to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he described as a "mission of peace". "And before discussions could begin on any of this, we would have to ensure Russian Federation is amending its ways and taking a different route" - Trump's proposal receives short shrift from Britain's Theresa May who has accused Russian Federation of being behind the recent poisoning of a former spy. The Crimea annexation in 2014 resulted in the leading world powers excluding Russian Federation from the club and becoming the G-7 again.

Trump's comments Friday on Russian Federation also could alienate him from his own party.

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