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Trump Slams Trudeau, Macron on Eve of G7

President will be leaving summit early
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2018 1:48 AM CDT
Updated Jun 8, 2018 6:48 AM CDT
Prime Minister Trudeau takes part in a meeting with EU leaders at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Thursday, June 7, 2018.   (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)
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(Newser) – The traditional end-of-summit group photo at this year's G7 gathering will not include President Trump. The White House says Trump will leave the Quebec summit on Saturday morning and travel directly to Singapore, where he is due to meet Kim Jong Un June 12, Politico reports. The summit is scheduled to conclude hours after Trump's departure and he will miss sessions on issues including climate change and the oceans. The president will travel to the Quebec resort of La Malbaie Friday, the AP reports. His first trip to Canada as president comes as disputes with both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and France's President Emmanuel Macron are heating up. Both leaders have said they will confront Trump at the summit over new tariffs imposed on US allies in the name of "national security."

Trudeau and Macron "are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow," Trump tweeted Thursday. In another tweet, he said Trudeau "is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. 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!" A third tweet warned the EU and Canada to "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!" Earlier Thursday, Macron said that the other six countries may end up signing an agreement that doesn't include the US. (Trump reportedly brought up a War of 1812 incident when discussing new tariffs on Canadian steel.)

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