Trump disrupts gender equality meeting at G-7 summit by arriving late

Trump disrupts gender equality meeting at G-7 summit by arriving late

President Donald Trump leaves the main building alongside White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders during the G7 Summit on June 9, 2018 in Quebec City, Canada.

At a news conference to close the summit of world leaders in Canada, Mr Trudeau said the people of his country would see the USA president's line on trade as "an insult" after a long history of cooperation between the countries.

When asked about President Trump's earlier comments on trade, in which he warned his allies off imposing retaliatory measures for the tariffs, Mr Trudeau told reporters: "The president will continue to say what he says at various occasions".

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades and we can't do that anymore".

He said US farmers had been harmed by tariffs and other barriers and warned that USA trading partners would need to provide him with more favorable terms.

"We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing", he said at an earlier news conference as his counterparts continued their meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec, and officials hammered out a joint communique.

Trudeau later said he reiterated to Trump that tariffs will harm industries and workers on both sides of the U.S.

At a news conference held in Charlevoix, Canada, Trudeau announced that all seven countries in the summit had agreed on "a joint communique".

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"These are jointly shared principles, although the pitfalls lie in the details", she said in a press conference, adding that she expected a joint G7 statement on trade would be issued at the end of the summit.

European officials said Trump had opposed language in the draft final summit communique on the need to bolster the World Trade Organization and multilateral oversight of commerce, but that this commitment would survive. "Or we're going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico", Trump said Saturday.

Trump accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements", and threatened new automobile tariffs in a series of tweets he posted after leaving the talks in Charlevoix, Quebec.

US President Donald Trump on Saturday described an upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore as a "mission of peace".

Despite the tension and determination of European leaders President Emmanuel Macron of France and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to push back on Trump's assault on the world trade system, when Trump left it was thought a compromise had been reached.

The American leader said a three-country deal would only be possible with substantial changes, and reiterated his interest instead in forming separate two-way trade accords with Mexico and Canada - an interest Canada has made clear it does not share.

The trade spat dominated the meeting, with Canadian and European leaders threatening retaliatory duties in response to the United States levies.

Trump, who argues his tariffs are meant to protect United States industry and workers from unfair worldwide competition, told reporters he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

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