Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

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Trump, Macron trade shots before G7 summit

"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices", Trump told reporters outside the White House before leaving for the summit.

Despite weeks of harsh rhetoric aimed at European Union leaders, an upbeat President Trump said Friday that he and America's closest allies had made progress on the first day of the G7 meeting in Canada.

While he's taken a tougher stance on traditional US allies, Trump - who remains under investigation as part of an inquiry into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and the Kremlin - has charted a warmer course with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We are actually working on it", Trump clarified.

At a joint press conference on Thursday, Macron said: "A trade war doesn't spare anyone".

USA policy still does not recognize Russia's referendum taking control of Crimea and continues to identify the territory as "a part of Ukraine".

Trudeau says he hopes to work through any conflicts. "I think President Trump knows that".

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"President Trump has placed himself on the wrong side: with the autocrats, the corrupt, and the anti-Americans, who look to Vladimir Putin as a natural ally", said Daniel Fried, a former career diplomat who oversaw sanctions on Russian Federation after its Ukraine intervention.

Trudeau said he and Trump have disagreed over Trump's call for Canada to open up its supply management system, which protects dairy, poultry and eggs farmers, during the hard ongoing renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", he wrote. His advisers have said he is trying to use the threat of tariffs as leverage to force other countries to lower barriers in a way that would allow more US imports.

As he headed to the G-7 Summit, President Trump threw our ostensible allies another curve. Eventually, Trump left earlier than expected and went to Singapore to meet with Kim Jong-un.

The Manoir Richelieu is the site of the G7 leaders summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

The suspension was supported by the other members of the group, including the US, Canada, Japan and four European nations.

It's not clear what kind of trade deal or update to NAFTA Trump is seeking at the G7 Summit, especially since Mexican officials are not attending.

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Mr Trump recently ditched the 2015 agreement with Tehran that aimed to curb its nuclear programme. Mr. Conte leads a peculiarly pro-Russia coalition of the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right Lega, whose leader Matteo Salvini signed a co-operation agreement previous year with Mr. Putin's ruling United Russia party.

"The global trade system is broken and President Trump is trying to fix it". Trump's policies have been more protectionist and confrontational, driven by a perception that the USA has been the victim of poorly conceived trade deals. France's finance minister has billed the group as "a G6 plus one" in reference to Trump's isolation from other allies. He wants to browbeat other countries for concessions, although he often fails to articulate which concessions he wants. On Twitter, he said: "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".

The US president floated the idea - which was received as somewhat rhetorical - as a meeting of the G7 leaders was breaking up. "And we've made a lot of progress today".

Trump's comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks.

In March, Trump first announced the imposition of tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum, but he gave Canada, Mexico and the European Union a waiver.

It's unclear whether Trump was joking or falsely believed Canada was responsible for burning down the official home of the U.S. President more than two centuries ago.

Trump is expecting a knock-down, drag-out fight with top United States allies over trade during his time at the conference, held in remote Quebec.

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