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Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

President Trump heads to G7 summit in Canada amid growing trade tensions

President Trump heads to G7 summit in Canada amid growing trade tensions

Not to be outdone, Trump responded on Twitter saying that both Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". "And that's the key point", Trump said.

The photo was also posted on Twitter by Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, who stated that the USA president's posture sent a message to other G7 countries that the United States will no longer be their bank.

The German chancellor's comments on Sunday come after Trudeau announced that Canada would implement its own retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. Trump had given Canada, the European Union and Mexico temporary exemptions from the steel and aluminum tariffs he first announced in March, but said at the end of May that he would be ending the exemptions.

The US president has steadfastly refused to acknowledge that Russian Federation had any substantive impact on his 2016 election, despite the verdict of his own spy agencies and a major FBI investigation that has looked into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.

A closeup image shows marks of Macrons thumb and finger's on the U.S. president's hand.

Then you carry your eyes toward the border of the picture and spot French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Robertson said there are other issues on which there will be agreement and the primary significance of these meetings anyhow is that "leaders get together and have those frank discussions".

"A lot of people wrote a couple of things that weren't quite true - a little bit accurate, perhaps - we've had a little test every once in a while when it comes to trade", Trump said before the sit-down. Macron added that the United States is the historical ally of France, and Paris needs the support of Washington.

The remarks caused an immediate reaction from the G7's other leaders. There are differences in styles of diplomacy and views about cooperation and free trade. That means Trump "is right to a certain extent" when he criticizes Germany for spending only 1.3% of economic output on defence, Merkel said.

Trump made the comments in tweets from Air Force One as he headed to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change. Trump and Macron were scheduled to hold talks Friday morning but Macron's office says they are now expected to meet at 5:40 p.m.

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