G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade

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G7 leaders set to clash with combative Trump over tariffs, trade

Trump, who aides say has little interest in multilateralism, resumed his tirade against Canada early Friday morning and appeared prepared to exit talks early without a consensus agreement among all seven countries.

The president said the ideal situation would be a completely free trade system with the other G-7 nations - Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Canada.

Meanwhile, Trump went after Trudeau in a series of tweets just hours before the summit on Friday.

Trump showed no sign of backing down on Friday, after earlier accusing both France and Canada of imposing massive tariffs on USA goods and then accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of "being so indignant".

"Africa is going to have the largest population base of any continent in 25 years, and I really do believe that helping Africa through what is a very hard period now will benefit the world enormously and this is a role that the G7 and G20 must play".

Trump ruffled some feathers early Friday by suggesting Russian Federation should be allowed back into the G7 to once again make it the G8.

Activists stage a demonstration while wearing masks of G7 leaders, from left to right, Angela Merkel, Justin Trudeau, Theresa May, Shinzo Abe, Donald Trump, and Emmanuel Macron prior to the G7 Summit in Quebec City on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

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"In a country like Canada, I find it extremely important that people are able to express their agreement or disagreement with politics, individuals, their concerns", Trudeau said.

Officials have conceded the mood at the summit will likely be exceptionally tense.

He also thought that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his foreign minister Chrystia Freeland, did "exactly what they should have done" in responding to U.S. President Donald Trump's tariffs.

For weeks, tensions have been bubbling over an escalating trade battle fueled by the US's imposing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada and the European Union.

The G7 leaders are also due to discuss unresolved issues concerning North Korea, ahead of next week's landmark US-North Korea summit in Singapore.

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

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