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Trump upbeat about meeting with DPRK's Kim

President Donald Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray Saturday, tweeting that the USA was pulling back its endorsement of the group's communique in part because of what he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

During his press conference on Saturday, Trump warned foreign countries not to retaliate against the USA tariffs.

Trump appeared to have taken notice and pushed back: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said in a tweet.

Trump said he discussed the idea of eliminating tariffs with his G7 counterparts.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - a veteran of seven G7 leaders' meetings - said the Charlevoix summit featured heated exchanges, the likes of which he has never seen.

Russian Federation was expelled from what was then called the G8 in 2014 because of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Most leaders at the summit have clashed with Trump over new tariffs, which impose a 25 percent tax on imported steel and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum.

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A picture of US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel displaying less-than-friendly body language has turned out to be a defining image of the contentious meeting of the G7 leaders of the world's advanced economies.

"The U.S. has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore", Trump said.

It's a startling attack on the leader of the USA neighbor and ally.

The president said he was unconcerned about raising a trade ruckus at the gathering that usually emphasizes unity and downplays its disagreements.

The communique, which appeared to have papered over the cracks that have surfaced in the G7, said the leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Italy, Germany and Japan agreed on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism. Mexico slapped a 25% import tariff on US steel products, as well as 20% on pork products, 25% on bourbon and duties on other agricultural goods including cranberries. "And we don't want there to be one", Macron said.

With Macron, on the back of a cozy meeting at the White House last month, Trump said they had a "good relationship" although he admitted they were having some issues on trade. Trump will leave the summit early to attend a summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilise the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an worldwide agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

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