Trump decides to leave G7 meeting in Quebec early after trade dispute

"This is unknown territory in the truest sense".

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades", Trump said at a press conference on the second day of a two-day summit in Canada.

"It's never been done, It's never been tested".

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free", he said.

Although Canada and Mexico say the idea is unworkable, Trump told reporters earlier on Saturday that the new deal would contain such a provision. "He's my friend, we have had a great relationship from the very beginning".

He is expected to defend his trade policy and tariffs at the meeting.

The U.S. president left before the end of the summit and will fly to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which he described as a "mission of peace".

He said the U.S. required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices, telling reporters the "United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades".

He added: "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

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The protesters had set ablaze the local administrator's office after they were denied permission to hold a rally at the plant. Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday termed the death of protesters a "brutal example of state sponsored terrorism".

Trade battle lines were drawn even before he arrived in a series of dueling tweets and statements between Trump and his onetime friend French President Emmanuel Macron.

"President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump US dairy into Canada", Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the USA than it exports.

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

In response, Trump clapped back against Trudeau on Twitter, writing - without calling Trudeau out by name - "The United States will not allow other countries to impose massive Tariffs and Trade Barriers on its farmers, workers and companies".

"Something's going to happen". They were looking at what appeared to be a draft document marked up with highlighter.

Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday.

But the French leader quickly added that Trump can't expect credibility on that file while he undoes all the good work done to date on pushing Iran to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons. In 2014, the group was reformatted back into the G7 in light of events in Ukraine and a crisis in relations between Russian Federation and the West. Earlier this week, White House economic adviser Larry Kudow said that Trump was not looking to withdraw from the agreement and was instead trying to negotiate separate deals with Mexico and Canada.

Both Moscow and Mr Trump have denied the allegations.

  • Megan Austin