Donald Trump rails against 'unfair' trade at G-7 leaders summit

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President Trump concluded his G7 meetings, declaring the USA has been taken advantage of for decades on trade, and assured that all of the involved countries are much more committed to fair trade with America.

During his press conference on Saturday, Trump warned foreign countries not to retaliate against the U.S. tariffs.

Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect US industry and workers from unfair worldwide competition as part of his "America First" agenda.

Within minutes of the official release of the document, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter over what he described as the prime minister's "false statements" during the closing news conference - and the president announced the US would no longer endorse the communique.

Trump, who arrived late to the first meeting on gender equality today, will leave before talks on climate change and the health of oceans, after not gaining support in his grievances over USA tariffs.

The G7 summit participants managed to patch over their disagreements and agree to disagree on some issues in a joint final statement.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

There'd been speculation Trump would cancel his appearance at the meeting amid widespread criticism from allies over steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the U.S.in recent weeks.

White House chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow, left, and National Security Adviser John Bolton look on as President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the G-7 summit, Saturday, June 9, 2018, in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada.

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"In fact, I congratulate leaders of other leaders for so crazily being able to make those trade deals that were so good for their country and bad for the United States".

Conte was commenting from the G7 summit in Canada, where the leaders of Italy, France, Germany, the UK, Japan, Canada and the USA are gathered for top-level talks.

He warned that the USA will take any action necessary to defend Americans from unfair trade practices.

Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The late arrival at a session, where the G7 leaders were discussing gender equality and women's empowerment sparked concerns that the United States president might not participate at all in Saturday's meetings.

What did President Trump say?

At issue are USA tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

"We had extremely productive discussions on the need to have fair and reciprocal" trade, he said. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends".

"And so began a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly, that the trading system was totally unfavorable to the United States, the American economy, American workers, the middle class", the official said.

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