TRUMP ABROAD: The President Promotes ‘AMERICA FIRST’ at G7 Summit in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

But Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia's reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago. "We have to change it, and they understand it's going to happen", Trump said. "I did suggest it and people I guess were going to go back to the drawing board".

Pierre Lampron, the president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, shot back at Trump's claims about his industry. "I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said.

He did not explain what kind of trade deal he was looking for.

So at the G7 in Charlevoix, Quebec on Friday, some were speculating whether when he shook Trump's hand with a grip so firm the U.S leader was left with white marks, he was showing how he really felt.

Trump, who repeated that the tariffs are meant to protect USA industry and workers from what he describes as unfair worldwide competition, said he had suggested to the other G7 leaders that all trade barriers, including tariffs and subsidies, be eliminated.

This year's summit, however, comes at a time of increasing tensions.

Trump is issuing a stern warning to foreign countries not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum.

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. "We have a serious problem with multilateral agreements, and that's why there will be contentious discussions", she said, per AFP.

That move was met with criticism at home, including from Republicans, and announcements of retaliatory tariffs from US allies.

Trump said there are "some folks" in the news business who "are with the USA and the US citizens, proud citizens" and some of the "most outstanding people I know". Canada, Mexico and the European Union all threatened retaliatory tariffs after their exemption status was lifted. "The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Mr. Trump told reporters, adding that did not blame G7 leaders for the "unfair" trade deals.

Before leaving Washington for the summit, Trump threatened to withdraw from the pact - reversing a statement by his economic adviser earlier this week who said Trump wouldn't walk away.

"There are disagreements", Kudlow said. I might have had a different attitude.

Russian Federation was expelled from the group - which now includes France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the USA - following its annexation of Crimea in 2014. Since then, his administration has threatened to sanction other countries doing business with Iran, including those signatories and putting the deal further in jeopardy.

The President said he had told fellow G7 nations that the U.S. requires fair market access and end to unfair trading practices. In a statement at the time the countries, which include the U.S., France, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan, condemned Russia's actions as "illegal" and in "contravention of global law".

The US president signaled that he was in no mood to compromise as he met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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