The G7 group photo shows the tensions overshadowing the summit

Senior economic adviser Kudlow briefs White House journalists ahead of Thursday's G7 summit

Senior economic adviser Kudlow briefs White House journalists ahead of Thursday's G7 summit

Mr Trump is leaving early to head to Singapore for his landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meaning he will miss some of the topics advanced by Mr Trudeau.

"We'll either leave it the way it is as a threesome deal" and "change it very substantially", Trump said Saturday in La Malbaie, Quebec, speaking to reporters before departing the Group of Seven leaders' meeting.

He later said, "It's going to stop, or we'll stop trading with them".

But Trump, who frames his trade moves as a fulfillment of his campaign promises, is vowing to hold firm, tweeting Thursday: "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

That move was met with criticism at home, including from Republicans, and announcements of retaliatory tariffs from US allies.

Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

The EU said it will impose the "rebalancing" tariffs on about $3.3 billion (2.8 billion euros) worth of US steel, bourbon, agricultural products including sweet corn, orange juice, cranberries and certain clothing made of cotton. They also discussed speeding up talks and the future of Nafta, a Canadian government official said late Friday. We're actually working on cutting tariffs and making it all very fair for both countries.

As for Trumps proposal to eliminate all tariffs, Trump said it was unclear how other countries would respond.

He said he didn't blame the other world leaders, saying their countries struck good deals at America's expense, and said he blamed previous US presidents. France will host next year and the United States in 2020.

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Still, Trump left a trail of protectionist sentiment in his wake, with many comments attacking the trade practices of the other G7 countries and a few extra jabs on Twitter as he flew away.

"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said. "I think within the first minute I'll know", Trump said. He also made controversial comments to reporters calling for Russian Federation, which had been kicked out of the G8 in 2014 over its Crimea invasion, to have its membership reinstated.

Meanwhile on Saturday, US President Donald Trump said that some of the G7 countries spoke in favor of Russia's return to the format, and he personally believed that the G8 would be more meaningful for the world.

"What worries me most however is the fact that the rules-based worldwide order is being challenged, quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor: the U.S.", he said.

Trump repeated the call on Saturday, saying "we're looking for peace in the world".

Leading up to the meetings, Trump, Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron had suggested the potential for a tough tone, though they were cordial in face-to-face meetings.

Divisions between Donald Trump and the other leaders of the G7 nations have been laid bare at a summit in Canada.

"Canadians are polite, we're reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around".

"They do so much more business with us than we do with them ... the numbers are so astronomically against them - we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand". The top Nafta negotiators from the USA and Canada met earlier during the summit, after Trump in the morning complained about what he called the unfair trading practices of his Nafta partners, also including Mexico.

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