08:02 GMT14 May 2021
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    As tweeted by Trump: “based on Justin Trudeau's false statements at his news conference and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to the US farmers, workers and companies," the US president has instructed representatives, officials and lawmakers in the US to not endorse the final G7 communique.

    After departing from the Quebec summit, bound for Singapore, US President Donald Trump slammed remarks by the Canadian Prime Minister at the G7 news conference, in which the latter noted that Canada would not be pushed around, as "very dishonest and weak."

    Earlier in the day, Trudeau said that the communique was agreed upon by all seven member nations. Trudeau later described the US metal tariffs as "insulting" and announced retaliatory measures.

    "I highlighted directly to the president that… it's kind of insulting, and I highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA, and that it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1," Justin Trudeau said at the press conference following the summit.

    Earlier in the day, Trump claimed that at the G7 summit he had raised the issue of lifting trade barriers, tariffs and subsides to facilitate international trade.

    The Canadian PM's office responded to Trump’s 'tweeting attack,' stating that Trudeau did nothing to provoke the ire of the US President.

    ​In the run-up to the G7 summit, US relations with the most of the remaining members have deteriorated as the Trump White House removed an exemption on 25 percent tariffs for steel and 10 percent tariffs for aluminum from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, prompting the bloc and Canada to roll out retaliatory measures.


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