Merkel - EU will act against US tariffs on steel, aluminium

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Trump accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements", and said the United States is looking into automobile tariffs.

The chancellor also addressed concerns that Trump would hit back by implementing tariffs on German vehicles, saying, "First of all, we'll try and see if we can prevent this".

"The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President". But that didn't stop the Twitteratis from drawing inferences about the kind of "power dynamics" was at play at the Summit, where Trump seemed to not be in sync with the rest of the United States allies, as was perhaps evident by his decision to not endorse the joint statement.

He wrote on his Twitter profile: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

But despite the rows over trade and Russia, Mr Trump rated his relationship with other G7 leaders as 10 out of 10.

As he exited the world summit, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Kudlow said Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around" ahead of his high-stakes summit this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I don't understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada", he said, given that Canada is the biggest single buyer of American goods and services in the world.

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel participates in a working session with the outreach countries and International Organizations at the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, June 9, 2018.

The back-on-track summit followed a whirlwind of diplomacy after Trump called off the meeting in late May.

As we reported president trump did depart the g7 early leaving behind festering tensions with our closest allies.

Trump threatened that the U.S. will stop trading with countries that maintain tariffs on his country's exports, particularly in the agricultural sector, and that he has launched the idea of eliminating all trade duties, because "ultimately that's what you want".

The office of French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Trump's refusal to back the G-7 declaration in a statement to Agence France-Presse.

Mr Trudeau said: "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around".

"It means that we as Europe have to stand up for our principles, potentially together with Japan and Canada", Merkel said of Trump pushing away the other members of the G7. "We make commitments and keep them". In fact, Russian Federation was expelled from what was then the G-8 after its invasion and annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine.

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