After 'difficult' G7 summit, UK's May warns against unilateral action on trade

The Latest: Merkel finds Trump's action sobering, depressing

The Latest: Merkel finds Trump's action sobering, depressing

Collins' comments came as U.S. President Donald Trump and his advisers hurled angry taunts at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following a G7 summit in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

James Brander, an worldwide trade expert at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, said Freeland's comments were meaningful.

Leaving the conclave in Quebec on Saturday, Trump threatened to "stop trading" with America's allies if they defied his demands to lower trade barriers.

Following the remarks by Kudlow and Navarro, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is far less confrontational in an effort, perhaps, to dial things down - "In terms of the approach that governments choose to take, Canada does not believe that ad-hominem attacks are a particularly appropriate or useful way to conduct our relations with other countries".

The BBC parsed the picture by identifying all nine individuals in it, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, who is barely visible, and Larry Kudlow, head of Trump's National Economic Council as well as several Japanese officials and USA national security adviser John Bolton. The summit will be held at the Capella Resort on Sentosa Island.

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"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal and absolutely unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum, not only coming from Canada, but on the steel and aluminum sold by all the G7 allies who are assembled here, to the United States", Freeland said in a news conference at the summit.

"He's a puncher or a counterpuncher, and he thrives on conflict", Hunter said.

Kudlow, in an interview with CNN, argued that Trudeau's press conference criticisms of Trump's trade tariffs were inappropriate because of Trump's upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, and because they represented a shift from the more cooperative work that had been done to form the communique from the seven nations. "Because you have some cases where countries are subsidizing industries and that's not fair". The first one, regarding global trade, suggested the endorsement of a "the rules-based global system".

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had responded to the White House comments by saying that Canada will retaliate to U.S. tariffs in a measured and reciprocal way and that Canada will always be willing to talk.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, accused Trump of executing Putin's diplomatic and national security strategy, not America's.

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Reneging on the commitments agreed in the communique showed "incoherence and inconsistency", it said in a statement.

And that's when things went from bad to worse. "You want a tariff-free [arrangement]".

"What a happy thought", said Hunter, the trade lawyer. How long will it take to figure out whether or not they're serious?

But as the world watched Trump wage war of words against Trudeau, Twitter feeds began to flood with responses and reactions to the US President. "After many decades, fair and reciprocal Trade will happen!"

Hours after Mr Trump withdrew his support for the joint statement and attacked Mr Trudeau, Mr Kudlow and trade adviser Peter Navarro drove the message home on Sunday morning news shows in an extraordinary assault on a close United States ally and neighbour.

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Germany and France both issued robust responses to Mr Trump's decision to order United States officials not to endorse the communique. The talks have floundered over several issues, including Trump's insistence on a clause that would end NAFTA every five years unless all three countries agree to sustain it. "Canada, thank you for the ideal organisation of G7!", he said further, about the meet hosted by Trudeau in Quebec. Merkel, whose nation is a G-7 member, also said the European Union would "act" against the USA trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

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