Trump says Russia should be allowed in G-7

German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron gather for the

German Chancellor Angela Merkel President Donald Trump Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron gather for the

La Malbaie: 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 U.S. president will leave the summit Saturday morning, the White House said, just before meetings begin on climate change, energy policy and oceans.

Germany along with other European Union members, Canada and Mexico were stung last week when Trump imposed tariffs on imports of their aluminum and steel to the United States.

But Trump appeared to take Trudeau's criticism personally, and denounced the prime minister hours after he departed the G7 summit on Saturday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has floated an idea to set up a mechanism to resolve trade differences with the USA and prevent future ones, a French official says as consensus appeared to elude G7 leaders at a summit in Canada.

The President's move to reject the communique followed a statement from Trudeau earlier, in which the prime minister announced, "We have released a joint communique by all seven countries" indicating that the United States had signed on.

Before the president arrived at the summit, he criticized Canadian tariffs on USA dairy products, adding that he was "looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", Macron said.

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

Before leaving the White House Friday to travel to the summit, Trump called for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the group.

Trump was heading into a bigger controversy over trade as other G7 leaders, including host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been angered over Washington's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminum imported from allies including Canada and the European Union.

Trump said he discussed the idea of eliminating tariffs with his G7 counterparts.

Trump's call for the elimination of trade barriers come amid fears of an all-out trade war after the United States moved ahead with a 25% import tax on steel and a 10% on aluminum on most countries.

Trump revealed that the USA team had worked "very well" with the representatives from Pyongyang during the bilateral preparatory talks for the summit.

When a CNN reporter asked Trump to respond to a question about whether he had sowed division in the G7 in what many have described as a G6-plus-one scenario, the president excoriated the reporter for perpetuating "fake news".

Following bilateral talks, Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron say they're making progress on trade.

"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel told reporters.

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