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Posted: June 10, 2018

Trump says he won't back G-7 statement, slams Trudeau; Merkel shares tense photo

WATCH: Trump Speaks Before Leaving G7 Summit

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

LA MALBAIE, Quebec —

President Donald Trump announced Saturday evening that he won't endorse a G-7 statement on fair trade while lashing out at Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau in a pair of heated tweets.

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Earlier in the day, Trudeau told media outlets that leaders from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Japan had reached an agreement on the statement, or "communique," amid recent spats over trade and tariffs, NBC News and The Associated Press reported.

"We acknowledge that free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation," the statement said, NBC News reported.

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But that all changed after Trudeau's announcement about the agreement, during which he said: "As Canadians, we are polite, we’re reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around."

"Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" Trump posted Saturday evening after leaving the G-7 summit early to travel to Singapore for a highly anticipated summit with North Korea.

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In a second tweet, he added: "PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, 'US Tariffs were kind of insulting' and he 'will not be pushed around.' Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!"

>> See the tweets here

Earlier Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a photo on Instagram of a tense moment at the G-7 summit. In the now-viral image, Merkel faces Trump with her hands on a table as Trump looks forward with his arms crossed.

"Day two of the G7 summit in Canada: spontaneous meeting between two working sessions," the caption read, along with the hashtag #G7Charlevoix.

>> See the photo here

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Evan Vucci/AP

Trump says he won't back G-7 statement, slams Trudeau; Merkel shares tense photo

Evan Vucci/AP

Trump says he won't back G-7 statement, slams Trudeau; Merkel shares tense photo

President Donald Trump meets with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the G-7 summit, Friday, June 8, 2018, in Charlevoix, Canada. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump: North Korea summit is ‘one-time shot,’ Russia would be ‘good ally’

President Trump made unexpected statements at the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Quebec, Canada on Saturday, before leaving to prepare for the summit with North Korea in Singapore.

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Trump said the highly-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a, “one-time shot” and he would know within “minutes” whether the meeting would be successful. 

He sounded optimistic, saying he was “hopeful” the two leaders would “like each other.” 

Trump told reporters at the G7 gathering with world leaders that he thinks the talks are “so far, so good,” and “it's going to work out very well.” 

Trump said he believes Kim is prepared to do "something very positive for his people, for himself, his family."

Trump called the summit “a mission of peace.”

When asked about Russia, Trump stood by his statements at the summit on Friday that Russia should be reinstated into the group of world leaders.

Trump says re-admitting Russia would be “an asset.”

The group kicked out Russia in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine, a move led by former U.S. President Barack Obama. 

Trump said “We’re looking for peace in the world,” and “we’re not looking to play games.”

He also issued a stern warning to foreign countries not to retaliate against U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

Trump said the United States has been a “piggy bank” that the rest of the world is robbing.

He called for the elimination of tariffs, trade barriers or subsidies.

“That’s the way it should be,” Trump said. 

The president said the U.S. is “pretty close” to an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Trump said they will either have a better agreement on NAFTA or two deals involving separate trade deals with Canada and Mexico.

Tensions between the foreign leaders and Trump have been in the forefront of the summit.

When asked about the strength of the alliance, Trump rated it “a 10.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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