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Trump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore

08 June 2018
Trump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore

Trump engaged in a war of words with Trudeau and Macron on Thursday, accusing their countries of benefiting from one-sided trade arrangements with the U.S.

President Donald Trump fired off what appeared to be passive-aggressive tweets to world leaders on Thursday, one day before he is set to meet G7 leaders for a summit in Canada.

Those new tariffs are in response to the Trump administration's decision to apply import taxes to steel and aluminum.

Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne was even more blunt, declaring: "What we are seeing is that the world economic order is under pressure, under attack".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron attend a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 7, 2018.

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns".

Earlier today, The Washington Post reported that Trump isn't is exactly excited about his trip to The Great White North.

France has joined Germany in warning President Donald Trump that it won't sign a joint statement of the Group of 7 at the summit in Quebec this week without major concessions from the US, a French official in the president's office said.

Trump said, according to CNN and the CBC. Washington has threatened tariffs on imports of Chinese goods unless Beijing stops stealing American companies' intellectual property.

The Prime Minister's Office says the two men also signed a joint statement on multilateralism that "reaffirmed the strong ties between Canada and France, as well as their commitment to shared values like liberty, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law".

Mr Trudeau, the summit host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will also attend, are among those to sharply criticise the U.S. tariffs as unjustified and punitive.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she expected "difficult discussions" at the summit. Canada vowed to hit the US with almost $17 billion worth of tariffs on various goods from the USA, such as toilet paper and maple syrup, and the European Union announced planned duties as well. Earlier, Trudeau said those tariffs were "insulting" to the special relationship between his country and the USA, appealing to Trump to remember how "interconnected" and "interdependent" they are. But U.S. shares rose on Wednesday.

It remains uncertain whether the G7 will even release a final communiqué, given the deep disputes that Mr. Trump has with the other leaders on trade, Iran and the environment. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

And the concerted resistance to Trump's tariffs is also undermining his favored approach of bilateral negotiations with countries to secure specific concessions in exchange for relief from the threatened levies. France would also oppose any wording that described the Iran pact as obsolete, the official added.