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Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement

Trump withdraws endorsement of G7 joint statement

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.

Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by US trade tariffs. The measure hits European Union trading partners even though the main target is overcapacity at state-backed Chinese producers, who Europe and the USA have long complained have flooded markets with cheap steel.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the official's remarks about Trump. "I guess they are going to go back to the drawing board and check it out", Trump said.

In a trade war, Trump told reporters that the United States has nothing to lose.

President Donald Trump suggested a radical change to the global trading system in an apparent reversal of his recent tariff policy.

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to indicate room for negotiation ahead of a delayed meeting with Trump, telling reporters "Sometimes we disagree". "We make commitments and keep them".

In response to Mr Trump's decision to withhold USA support for the summit conclusions, a senior United Kingdom government source said: "We stand by the commitments made in the G7 communique". The noise of Mr 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 USA television series M.A.S.H.

Merkel's proposal was strongly supported by other leaders at the meeting, the official said, adding that European Commission President Juncker said he was ready to invest personally in it.

Prior to his arrival on Friday, the president injected additional controversy by suggesting that the G-7 offer a seat at the table to Russian Federation, which was ousted from the group in 2014.

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The acrimonious fallout from the G7 began after Mr Trump watched Mr Trudeau's end-of-summit press conference.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said.

Trump's reversal, announced while he was en route to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sent his G7 partners scrambling.

That means he will miss a working session among the leaders on climate change and clean energy, as well as talks among the G7 and poorer countries focused on the health of oceans.

"We had extremely productive discussions on the need to have fair and reciprocal" trade, he said.

Meanwhile, the European Union - the world's largest trading bloc - announced last week it would impose retaliatory tariffs on the USA beginning in July, over Washington's duties on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.

President Trump flew to Canada Friday for the G-7 meeting - the first of two high-profile summits on his agenda.

With Trudeau, Trump joked that "Justin has agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers between Canada and the United States". "We're not looking to play games", he said.

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