Canadian PM Justin Trudeau open to compromise on disputed NAFTA sunset clause

ImageProto-Canadians disguised as British troops set the torch to Washington in 1814 during the War of 1812

ImageProto-Canadians disguised as British troops set the torch to Washington in 1814 during the War of 1812

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has asked USA representatives not to endorse the joint communique put out by the Group of Seven leaders after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

After the contentious salvos on social media and the Trudeau-Macron news conference, the White House announced Trump would depart the summit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on women's empowerment.

"Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the US president tweeted. Despite his sharp differences with US allies, the president insisted he has a "great relationship" with his foreign counterparts.

Trump will leave the summit about 4 hours early Saturday to fly to Singapore for his summit meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un...

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, told reporters.

Trump's counterparts in the G7 had sought this week to try to find some semblance of consensus with Washington on trade and the other key issues that have formed the basis of the 42-year-old grouping of industrialized nations. Trump is said to have shot back.

Trudeau said he would not cave to Trump's trade demands, even if it meant a full-blown trade war.

He also denied the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as an "extraordinary" exchange on Friday in which Trump repeated a list of trade grievances, mainly concerning the European Union and Canada.

The US president took to Twitter to express his expectations from the meeting, as well as to reinstate his criticism of US trade allies.

Trudeau said he had told Trump that the talks had been made more complicated by a US decision to impose tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum, ostensibly for national security reasons. "It is going to stop or we are going to stop trading with them".

Trudeau added that he had not agreed to a new North American Free Trade Agreement with a sunset clause.

President Trump arrives late to breakfast during G7 meeting designated for discussing surrounding gender equality, causes brief distraction. Russian Federation joined the G-7 in the 1990s, making it the Group of Eight, but was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Trump - who left the summit earlier than scheduled - demanded on Saturday that G-7 countries reduce their trade barriers and has adamantly defended the tariffs on aluminum and steel he placed on USA allies.

Before leaving Washington for the summit, Trump threatened to withdraw from the pact - reversing a statement by his economic adviser earlier this week who said Trump wouldn't walk away.

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

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said.

Trump has complained repeatedly - including throughout the summit - about Canada's protected dairy sector, citing 270 percent tariffs that he says stand in the way of American farmers accessing that market. The statement had been published online before Trump commented.

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