Trump arrives in Quebec for G7 summit, wants Russian Federation invited back

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US President Donald Trump railed against trade practices he called unfair to the United States at a Group of Seven (G-7) nations summit where leaders agreed on Saturday to fight protectionism and reform the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Just hours after issuing a series of aggressive messages about global trade and Canadian dairy practices, Donald Trump has arrived in Quebec to attend some of the G7 summit - his first visit to Canada as USA president.

The Canadian prime minister's office responded to Trump's tweets accusing Trudeau of "false statements" on Saturday, saying that the Prime Minister said nothing during the G7 summit that he had not said previously.

Asked whether Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's team was engaged in frantic damage control, a Canadian government official said it was always clear there would be disagreements at the summit over trade and relations with Russian Federation.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump said Nafta negotiators are "pretty close" to agreeing on some kind of sunset clause, a sticking point in talks, while warning the three-way pact can only survive if major changes are made.

That move was met with criticism at home, including from Republicans, and announcements of retaliatory tariffs from USA allies.

Canada hosts this year's G7 in La Malbaie, Quebec. "And we have many deals like that", Trump said, according to PTI. In addition to the US and Canada, the group includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. Economists point out that the current U.S. economy is much more driven by services like hospitals, universities, tech companies and banks.

But Trump's outburst suggested that any deal had collapsed, and his more or less explicit threat to impose sanctions on imports of cars will outrage his ostensible allies - in particular Germany and Canada who produce many for the large USA market.

He said he suggested cutting all of the tariffs, duties and even government subsidies among the G7 countries, and said other leaders would "go back to the drawing board and check it out".

"It would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on 1 July", Mr Trudeau said. "The EU trade surplus with the USA is $151bn, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out". "I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

"President Trump wants nothing less than wiping out Canadian dairy farming". "If it's not going to change we're not going to trade with them".

"I think the G8 would be better".

But Sasse said Trump's complaints that other countries have taken advantage of the United States are unfounded, adding that he recommended "less whining on the global stage".

And while his bellicosity and volatility has deeply strained relations between the US and its historic allies, Trump insisted that he had terrific relationships with the G7 leaders, though before arriving at the summit he had unleashed a tweetstorm against some of them.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible".

"Very dishonest and weak" he claimed, adding in a separate tweet: "I have instructed our U.S. reps not to endorse the communique".

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