President Donald Trump said Saturday at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada, that the United States would "stop trading" with some of its closest allies unless they change what he believes to be unfair trade policies.
Donald Trump became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over tariffs.
President Donald Trump's trade adviser says: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".
Minutes after the publication of a joint communique that was approved by Trump and other Group of Seven leaders at a summit in the city of Quebec, the USA leader announced on Twitter that he was retracting his support.
French President Emmanuel Macron responded in a "courteous but very firm tone" to present the European side of the story, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chimed in as well, the official said.
President Trump concluded his G7 meetings, declaring the US has been taken advantage of for decades on trade, and assured that all of the involved countries are much more committed to fair trade with America. He also said that the North American Free Trade Agreement could either be renegotiated, split up into separate trade deals, or the US could pull out entirely.
Macron will meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and new Italian premier Giuseppe Conte on Friday at 10:30 am (1430 GMT), just before the formal start of the summit in La Malbaie.
Trump made the remarks before he departed Charlevoix, Canada, after meeting with world leaders.
Earlier on Saturday, Trump told reporters it would be "very easy" to make the case for tariffs on auto imports using the rationale that they threaten national security.
During a Friday meeting with Trudeau, who Trump has had an often uneasy relationship, he joked that his Canadian counterpart had "agreed to cut all tariffs and trade barriers".
"The nature of the debate we had was rather appeasement and it stopped the escalation in terms of behaviour", Macron, who had exchanged terse Twitter messages with Trump in the run-up to the summit, told reporters.
He said the trade deficits that the USA faces "with virtually every country in the world" is the fault of past leaders.
Before leaving for the Group of Seven Summit in Quebec this morning, Trump mused to reporters in Washington that it was time to re-admit Russian Federation. "And we charge nothing", Trump said.