Trump, Trudeau swap jokes but hold firm in trade dispute

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Just hours after issuing a series of aggressive messages about global trade and Canadian dairy practices, Donald Trump has arrived in Quebec to attend some of the G7 summit - his first visit to Canada as us president.

"Everyone agreed, including President Trump".

Despite his sharp differences with US allies, the president insisted he has a "great relationship" with his foreign counterparts.

Mr Trump is leaving early to head to Singapore for his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meaning he will miss some of the topics advanced by Mr Trudeau.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump arrived late for a breakfast G7 discussion on gender equality, with summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, kicking off things off without waiting for those he described as "stragglers" to arrive.

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The summit came during an ongoing trade dispute with China and served as a precursor to his unprecedented meeting with Kim, in which he has sought to extend a hand to the Asian autocrat who has long bedeviled the worldwide order. "I think it would be good for the world, I think it would be good for Russian Federation, I think it would be good for the United States, I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7", Trump said.

While Mr Trump set a combative tone before even arriving at the summit with a series of tweets about unfair trade deals, he appeared affable and joking at multiple brief photo opportunities and praised Mr Macron for helping to work out trade issues.

But in recent weeks there are signs world leaders have scrapped that approach and now plan to deal with Trump in a more adversarial way, particularly after the White House announced it would begin imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from us allies beginning in June. "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing and that ends".

According to CNN, the comments came during a call between Trump and Trudeau discussing U.S.

The proposal comes following two days of testy back-and-forth comments on trade between the United States president and Washington's Canadian and European allies.

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The U.S. president has recently whacked all the other members of the G7 with hefty steel and aluminum tariffs and is threatening to also impose tariffs on auto imports, which would also hit them hard.

"This used to be the G8, not the G7, then something happened", Trump said in reference to Moscow's suspension from the group in March 2014, over the secession of Crimea from Ukraine.

The G7 summit of developed Western economies, namely the US, Germany, Japan, the UK, France, Italy and Canada wrapped up Saturday in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

So what will this year's joint statement say? White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday that Trump would prefer to negotiate Nafta separately with each country, but that "the president's not going to leave Nafta". An aide will sit in for Trump.

Still, the USA and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, signalling a modest step forward for the bitterly divided allies of the G7.

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Trump has also feuded on Twitter this week with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are both attending this year's summit.

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