US President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he has asked US representatives not to endorse the joint statement put out by the Group of Seven leaders after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.
Leaders of the G7 nations on Saturday papered over the cracks in their alliance at a summit in Canada but came away with little more than an agreement to disagree on trade, as Trump defiantly brandished his "America First" agenda.
The early exit also means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the U.S. stance on trade and Mr Trump's abrupt suggestion on Friday that Russian Federation be re-admitted to the elite grouping.
'This isn't just G7. I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100 percent.
"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", they said.
"What worries me most, however, is the fact that the rules-based worldwide order is being challenged, quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the USA".
French President Emmanuel Macron stared at Trump after he sat down. "Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!" the USA president tweeted.
"The U.S. has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore", Trump said.
"And so began a long litany of recriminations, somewhat bitter reports that the United States was treated unfairly, that the trading system was totally unfavourable to the United States, the American economy, American workers, the middle class", the official said. "It was a hard time, rough, very frank".
But Trump appeared to take Trudeau's criticism personally, and denounced the prime minister hours after he departed the G7 summit on Saturday.
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The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the official's remarks about Trump.
Trump said that would be a bad idea.
"We're not going to be able to do that work under the threat of tariffs". All three trading partners have threatened to retaliate with their own levies against USA imports.
The spat has financial markets anxious about tit-for-tit escalation that could lead to a full-blown global trade war.
Trudeau added that he had not agreed to a new North American Free Trade Agreement with a sunset clause. Canada and Mexico, the other members of the 1994 pact, have been frustrated by the slow pace of talks to renegotiate NAFTA.
While diplomats wrangled in private, summit host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gathered the other leaders for a breakfast session on women's equality.
He left the summit early to travel to Singapore for a landmark meeting with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to try to persuade him to give up the country's nuclear weapons. Trump has also maintained his stance that tariffs are a national security issue, because unfair trade deals "affect our military", he said.
Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion.
A senior UK Government source yesterday reminded Mr Trump of the reasons for Russia's absence from the G7.