The Trump administration announced two weeks ago that it would investigate whether auto imports hurt US national security, the first step towards tariffs similar to the ones he imposed on steel and aluminium imports last week.
Trump's hyperbolic praise for a summit that was evidently discordant shows his refusal to allow any venture in which he is involved to be portrayed as anything other than a roaring success.
While gathered at the meeting, Trump told global leaders that they must reduce trade barriers and floated the idea of lowering tariffs completely if other countries agreed to a more pure form of open trade. The remaining six members promised they "will promote the fight against climate change through collaborative partnerships and work with all relevant partners". Mr Trump left the summit early for Singapore, where he will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week. "We have put up with Trade Abuse for many decades - and that is long enough", he continued.
Trudeau refused, and the meeting was off the table, but the lead ministers from both countries talked trade on the sidelines of the G7 leaders' talks on Friday.
"We win that war a thousand times out of a thousand", he said. The noise of Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the US television series M.A.S.H. "The President of the United States thinks that the USA has been treated in an unfair way by Europe and by others, and the others think that this is not the case", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told a press conference in La Malbaie.
Just after 6 a.m., Trump used the social media platform to accuse Canada of charging USA customers astronomical tariffs on dairy products.
As Buzzfeed's David Mack noted, Trump's sudden change just doesn't look good considering he is on his way to a historic summit with North Korea and begs the question "Why on earth should they trust the United States?" "Not fair to our farmers!", his Twitter feed states.
PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he "will not be pushed around".
At the summit's end, Trudeau said he told Trump that he was "not remotely interested" in seeing Russian Federation return to the G7.
"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".
"So we are either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we're going to have two deals".
Afterward, he said that talks had been "extremely productive" on trade and other issues.
Trudeau addressed the president's Twitter blasts while visiting Quebec's Saguenay region on Thursday. Dog bites man, am I right?
The weekend meeting marked the first time other countries began employing new way of dealing with Trump in person, pushing back on his declarations and threats and trying to illustrate the damage he was doing to the USA economy.
Canada has proposed levies on a range of United States goods next month and the European Union has pledged its own retaliatory measures.
Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.
Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world". Angela (Merkel) and Emmanuel (Macron), Justin (Trudeau). He said he was "going in with a very positive attitude and I think we will come out fine".
"If the expectation was that a weekend in handsome Charlevoix surrounded by lovely people was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite perhaps meet that bar", Trudeau said.
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