Trump criticizes Justin Trudeau, says US won’t endorse G7 statement

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U.S. President Donald Trump threw the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after taking aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, adding he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

Germany continued to support the "jointly agreed communique" despite Trump's decision to back away, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement on Sunday. Later, the document was made public.

"If the expectation was that a weekend in handsome Charlevoix with all sorts of lovely people was going to transform the president's outlook in the world", the Canadian prime minister said, "then we didn't quite reach that bar".

"We work closely with President Trump, and the UK has a very good relationship with the United States", she said, noting that the two-day summit was filled with "some hard discussions and strong debate".

The G7, or "Group of Seven", is now made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

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The news conference was followed by a series of tweets by Trump, who responded by calling Trudeau "meek" and "dishonest".

Trump's tweets taking aim at the leader of a country that has always been a USA ally came after the President left the G7 summit in Canada to travel to Singapore ahead of a planned diplomatic meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un.

After departing from the Quebec summit for Singapore, Trump tweeted that Trudeau's remarks at a news conference, where he said Canada would not be pushed around, "were very dishonest and weak".

And as if to add another irritant, Trump called for Russian Federation to be brought back into G7 and resurrect the G8 format, from which the Kremlin was expelled following Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its meddling in eastern Ukraine.

The director of the National Economic Council was appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday when he suggested Trudeau should "apologize in the name of the Western allies". The talks have floundered over several issues, including Trump's insistence on a clause that that would end NAFTA every five years unless all three countries agree to sustain it. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!'

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It's a startling attack on the leader of the USA neighbor and ally.

Trudeau's view of how the summit went was a marked contrast to Trump's take. 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.

In a message earlier on Friday on Twitter, Trump said the talks at the summit would "mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the USA". "What was strong was the language that this can not go on, but the relationships are very good".

Trudeau on Saturday rejected a US demand for a sunset clause in NAFTA but said he was prepared to compromise on the issue, which is holding up talks to update the 1990s-era pact.

The president also referred to Trudeau's "false statements", which he didn't explain.

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At his closing press conference as the summit's chair, Trudeau announced all G-7 nations had worked hard to finalize a joint statement, which largely committed the nations to keep talking on trade.

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