Italy's anti-elite prime minister plays by rules at G7 club

US President Donald J. Trump speaks to media as he departs the G7 summit in Charlevoix in Canada on Saturday. — EPA

US President Donald J. Trump speaks to media as he departs the G7 summit in Charlevoix in Canada on Saturday. — EPA

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte agrees with US President Donald Trump's idea to bring Russian Federation back to the Group of Eight (G8), as he himself wrote on Twitter on Friday, TASS reports.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pressed Washington to reconsider the US tariffs imposed on Canadian steel and aluminum, and encouraged President Donald Trump to work with Canada to address unfair trade.

In her own tweet, Green Party leader Elizabeth May says Trudeau is handling what she calls Trump's outbursts and bullying as well as anyone, and that all Canadian leaders need to support the prime minister.

Kudlow says Trump won't let a Canadian prime minister push him around on the eve of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"In fact, I congratulate leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals so good for their countries", Trump said.

American tariffs are in response to Canada's tariffs of "270% on diary" delivered by the U.S., he said.

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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.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words". He said it for the journalists before leaving for the G7 Summit.

The president's sharp comments came as he is now en route to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, set to be held on Tuesday.

Speaking before his departure from the G7 summit in Quebec on Saturday, Trump also defended the punishing steel and aluminium tariffs he has imposed on his fellow G7 leaders - all of whom are feeling the sting of those newly imposed measures.

"I did suggest it and people were - I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out", Trump said. "We're like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing, and that ends".

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

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The majority of Canadian exports go to the United States, making Canada uniquely vulnerable to a US trade war.

EU Council President Donald Tusk hailed what he called a "first and very good, promising meeting" with Conte, while EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said he "didn't see divergences between Italy and the rest of the European Union over trade".

Trump withdrew the United States from the global deal reached in Paris in December 2015 to curb global warming, and last month from world powers' July 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, asserting that it was one-sided in Tehran's favour.

"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn.

Shortly after Trump tweeted, respected Republican Senator John McCain responded.

The president also referred to Trudeau's "false statements", which he didn't explain.

Photo of Merkel and Trump captures G7 tensions
Russian Federation used to be included rounding out the group to G8, Trump has been lobbying for the country to be let back in. Also standing across the table are French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Theresa May .


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