After hearing Canadian prime minister's comments vowing to retaliate for USA tariffs on steel and aluminum during a news conference, Trump tweeted that Trudeau had made "false statements", and White House officials had harsh criticism for Trudeau during the Sunday morning news programs. The summit did not mark the end of the Trans-Atlantic partnership between Europe and the US, Merkel said, but repeated her opinion that Europe could "no longer rely on its once close ally as a rational partner" under the Trump administration and "should take its fate into its own hands".
"We finished the meeting, really, everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Mr Trump told reporters at a news conference following his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Larry Kudlow, Trump's chief economic adviser, accused Trudeau of undermining USA interests at the summit, calling Trudeau's actions "a betrayal".
Trump's "America First" message to allies has hardened since he brought hardline national security adviser John Bolton on to his team.
Trump was especially "strong" towards Trudeau, ranting about agriculture, and Merkel.
"So we won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again".
Allowing Russia back into the G-7 is an unpopular idea among the other countries. Shortly after that statement was published online, Trump complained about comments made by Trudeau and revoked his support. "We agree that a return by Russian Federation to the G-7 format can not happen as long as there isn't any substantial progress in regard to the problems with Ukraine", said Merkel, CNN reported. At the summit, Trump refused to endorse a group deal, saying other members use unfair trade practices against the United States.
"If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", Trump declared before departing the annual Group of Seven summit, which includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan. "According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!)". The U.S. president is staring back, arms crossed, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on with his arms also crossed.
Other G7 countries lobbied unsuccessfully at the summit for the United States oto reverse its tariffs on imported steel and aluminium imports.