Trump falsely accuses Canada of burning down White House

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Trump falsely accuses Canada of burning down White House

The leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter ahead of the summit.

"I think one of the results of this G7 leaders' meeting will be to talk about the situation on the Korean peninsula and let the US president know, and let the world know, that he will be travelling to Singapore to the meeting with the North Korea with the strong support of his allies", Freeland said.

Trump's statement was made just before he left: the USA president has been at odds with the G-7 countries over mounting import duties disagreements.

On the eve of what is expected to be a tense, in-person meeting between the leaders at the G7 summit in Quebec, President Trump publicly took aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron for imposing "massive" economic burdens on the United States.

"We had a very positive meeting a little while ago on NAFTA". The remaining members, led by President Barack Obama, expelled it in a sign of global resolve not to let worldwide borders be redrawn by force. Today, he fired off a new attack on European Union members and Canada, vowing to end what he calls unfair trade practice against the U.S. "It is in everyone's interest".

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"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to illegal and absolutely unjustified application of tariffs", she said on Friday. "Such language will dismay America's friends and embolden our adversaries".

Speaking ahead of the two-day event in Canada today, Mr Tusk said this year's summit would be "even more challenging" than 2017's - an event which he had previously billed as the most hard in years.

"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run", Trump added.

The Russian gambit was the kind of pure disruptive genius that makes observers wonder if Mr. Trump is reckless or tactical.

"We have massive trade deficits with nearly every country, we will straighten that out", Trump said.

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Scheer says the solution to the problem lies in a renegotiation of the Safe Third Country Agreement between Canada and the United States.

The president also offered reassurance that Canada and the US have made progress in their trade dispute over his administration's punishing steel and aluminum tariffs on all the other G7 members.

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters on Wednesday that the president was aware of disagreements over trade, but he said the country's chief executive was "sticking to his guns". He was positioned between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has called Mr. Trump's tariffs "insulting", and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who predicted "controversial discussions" with the president on trade. Some countries have retaliated with their own levies on US imports.

Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has sparked anger, with even United States allies falling subject to them.

Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the US and the rest of the G-7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general USA attitude toward the system".

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President Trump will head to Singapore next week for an historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, where he will address the rogue country's controversial nuclear program.

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