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Pompeo downplays feud between U.S. and G7 allies

Pompeo downplays feud between U.S. and G7 allies

The British government has been eager to sign a trade deal with the US after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union next year. Trump's attacks accelerated leading up to the weekend Group of Seven summit in Quebec, which ended with Trump withdrawing USA support for the G7's communique and criticizing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Surrounded by G7 leaders, President Donald Trump, and Trump alone, can be seen sitting - arms crossed.

Photos taken just 48 hours apart show the contrast in President Donald Trump's meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 Summit on Saturday and his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

The relationship between the USA and its allies was already off-balance after Mr. Trump just a week before the summit imposed 25% tariffs on steel and 10% tariffs on aluminum from the European Union and Canada.

Republican Senator Mike Rounds of South Dakota questioned what Trudeau could have done "that was so offensive that it required that type of a comment?" "It was very friendly".

Trudeau said at the press conference that Canada would not be "pushed around" by the United States.

Trump, who had criticized Trudeau after the G7 meeting in Canada on the weekend, said the United States had a big trade deficit with Canada, and "a little balance" was needed.

"Americans need to realize that a trade war is going to be bad for everyone including themselves and I think they're going to feel that most acutely if some of their access to foreign markets starts to be restricted". He added, "Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

The stern statement prompted nearly immediate backlash from Trump, who abruptly removed the USA from a joint G7 communiqué he had backed just hours earlier "based on Justin's false statements at his news conference and the fact that Canada is charging massive tariffs to our US farmers, workers and companies".

Trump said the global leaders left the G-7 meeting in good spirits, and said he had agreed to sign the meeting's summary document.

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"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

The U.S. had granted some allies including Canada temporary exemption from import tariffs on steel and aluminum.

"We want to sell to China, Mexico, whoever", an Iowa farmer told the New York Times.

Trudeau said he had told Trump "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is cheering Donald Trump's bid to broker a deal to rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons, but he's keeping mum on the USA president's persistent trash talk against Canada.

"That's why our allies have to be baffled at this".

The US actually contributes about a fifth of Nato's direct funding under a formula based on national income. "It's just beyond the pale", he said.

In response to the initial tweets critical of her country and prime minister, Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said her nation "does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising comparable tariffs on the U.S.