G7 leaders agree to joint communique: Trudeau

The Latest: Merkel finds Trump's action sobering, depressing

Trump pulled out of endorsing a joint communique after the G7 meet finished on Saturday with the USA president accusing Trudeau, the summit's chairman, of dishonesty.

Kudlow said the U.S. participated in G7 talks and bilateral talks on Nafta in good faith and that Trump had been "charming".

Just as the G7 meeting of the world's leading industrialised nations had seemed to weather Mr Trump's threats of a trade war, the president backed out of the group's joint statement that Mr Trudeau said all the leaders had come together to sign.

That tweet was followed a second message: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, "US Tariffs were kind of insulting" and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak".

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Mr Trump's U-turn, adding it would take much longer to rebuild lost trust. Trump said that he withdrew the US from the G-7's joint statement because of that slight.

"We are convinced that a modernisation is perfectly possible, we are convinced that common sense will triumph", she said.

The fight could have serious economic consequences, since Canada is the US's top trade partner and the largest export market for 32 states.

Canada's main stock index moved higher, helped by strength in the industrials and materials sectors, as the loonie took a hit amid U.S. President Donald Trump's trade complaints.

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Less than 24 hours before his meeting with Kim, Trump found time to lambast what he sees as unfair trade practices among the other six industrialized democracies at the summit. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", the office added.

Trump, who is in Singapore for negotiations with North Korea, continued to rip into USA trading partners late Sunday night Eastern Time, repeating complaints about the U.S. trade deficit and contributions to NATO.

Those tensions boiled over on Saturday, with Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group. "We must put the American worker first!"

What did Kudlow say?

Navarro, the Trump trade adviser, said his harsh assessment of what "bad faith" Trudeau did with "that stunt press conference" on Saturday "comes right from Air Force One".

On Sunday, Mrs Merkel labelled Mr Trump's use of Twitter to withdraw from the G7 communique on trade "sobering and a bit depressing". I mean we have China where this is completely different because tariffs are a national security issue.

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

"It will certainly be an exciting day and I know that Kim Jong-un will work very hard to do something that has rarely been done before. create peace and great prosperity for his land". "One of the arguments was that the president can't show weakness, and that what Trudeau did required this robust response otherwise the president would appear to be weak as he flew to Singapore".

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