United States President Donald Trump, who is attending two-day Group of Seven summit in Canada's La Malbaie, reportedly pitched the idea of discarding all tariffs and trade barriers between the U.S. and its G-7 allies at the summit.
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.
U.S. President Donald Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.
Trump, in a Twitter tirade on Thursday, pointed fingers at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French president Emmanuel Macron, stating that "they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".
Trump hit out at the "massive tariffs" being charged by Canada and said he would not endorse the communiqué that had been agreed at the summit and referenced "mutually beneficial trade and investment", CNN reported. Trump also said the US would pursue separate bilateral trade agreements with Canada and Mexico if trilateral talks failed.
Trudeau also said that Canada will go ahead with retaliatory tariffs from July 1, according to CNN. Canada and Mexico are also taking action in retaliation. "With one country we have $375 billion in trade deficits".
The Trump administration has imposed aluminum and steel tariffs on the other G-7 members - the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Canada and Japan - ratcheting up tensions between the us and its allies in the run-up to the summit.
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"Are we executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy or AMERICA's diplomatic and national security strategy?"
"The level of relationship is a 10". "Very dishonest & weak", he said of the Canadian leader. But this was more an indication of how poorly Mr Trump understands the global trading system than a serious summons to the negotiating table.
Economics tops the agenda, although the meetings now always branch off to cover major global issues.
"It's going to change", he said. Tellingly, the desk in front of Mr Trump was bare.
Trump is not the first politician to make the realpolitik argument that Russian Federation belongs at the G7 table, but his position is a complete turnabout from the Obama Administration, which condemned the 2014 annexation and imposed sanctions on Russian Federation as punishment. Trump said Friday he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.
"If you have a strategy, do not explain your strategy before the meeting - because if you are explaining your strategy before the meeting, you are losing your strategy", European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters.
France and Europe are standing by the G7 communique, a French presidency official said, adding anyone departing from the commitments made at the summit would be showing their "incoherence and inconsistency".