Trump turns tables on G7 allies with free trade `proclamation'

He said he didn't blame the other world leaders, saying their countries struck good deals at America's expense, and said he blamed previous USA presidents. Moscow has denied the allegations.

'I have not spoken to Vladimir Putin for quite a while. He also said other nations had taken advantage of decades of USA complacency with regards to trade, something that he planned to end. Russian Federation was expelled from the group - which now includes France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the US - following its annexation of Crimea in 2014. "We're pretty close on the sunset division", Trump said, referencing the USA demand for a sunset clause in a final agreement.

Before departing the summit, Trump doubled-down on his assertions that the United States has been subjected to unfair trade duties for many years.

"Were looking for peace in the world".

Trump seems more fond of sparring with reporters when he can share the stage with a foreign counterpart, as he did this past week at the White House after meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who had stopped in Washington to consult with Trump before the G-7 and the upcoming Kim summit.

He says Russia's return as a member of the Group of Seven would be "an asset". Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

"Trump came late, he's leaving early and he gave no ground whatsoever", Al Jazeera's John Hendren, reporting from Quebec, said.

US President Donald Trump steps away after the family photo at the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Canada.

"If they retaliate they're making a tremendous mistake because you see we have a tremendous trade imbalance", he said.

Trump announced the move last month to the dismay of partners in Europe and beyond who were left scrambling to keep the landmark 2015 agreement in place.

"We didnt do votes or anything, but it has been discussed", he said.

Though the USA appears increasingly isolated from its allies, Trump on Saturday insisted that his relationships with other leaders remains "great".

But Trump said that the notion that the G7 summit was in any way contentious was "fake news", telling reporters Saturday that the conference had been "so wonderful".

One reporter brought that up with Trump in the Saturday morning presser, reminding him that the "something" that got Russian Federation kicked out of the G-7 was when Russian Federation invaded a neighboring country.

On 1 June, the U.S. imposed a 25% tariff for steel and 10% for aluminium on imports from the EU, Canada, and Mexico.

Trump is telling reporters that he told world leaders that the US will take whatever steps necessary to prevent unfair foreign trade practices.

Trump repeated his assertion that the United States has been taken advantage of for decades, citing Canada's tariffs on milk to protect its dairy farmers.

Trudeau has made the issue of gender equality a priority for the gathering.

President Donald Trump warned trading partners not to retaliate against USA duties on steel and aluminum imports, before departing from the Group of Seven summit in Quebec on Saturday.

But details are scant so far, and clear differences are remaining.

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