U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were all jokes and smiles for the media as they met at the Group of Seven leaders summit in Quebec on Friday, but neither budged on the serious trade dispute between them.
Trump followed it up with a second post that targeted Canada's auto and dairy industries: "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".
Mr. Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by USA trade tariffs.
On Saturday, Trump repeated his desire to have a sunset clause in an updated NAFTA deal, a demand that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected.
Donald Trump said "we can't do that anymore" and said it was time for the U.S. to be treated better by the EU, Canada and other trading partners not represented at the summit.
In retrospect, the consensus had appeared shaky from the outset, and even as Trump flew out it was clear that the summit had failed to heal the rift on trade. He said he was "going in with a very positive attitude and I think we will come out fine".
Trudeau's former foreign policy advisor, Roland Paris lashed out at the US president.
The top Nafta negotiators from the USA and Canada met earlier during the summit, after Trump in the morning complained about what he called unfair trading.
"President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump USA dairy into Canada", Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the US than it exports.
"If they retaliate they are making a mistake because.they do so much more business with us than we do with them that we can't lose that".
Trump cited progress on reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, saying the final outcome would lead either to an improved trade deal or separate pacts with the two U.S. neighbours.
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Trump had entered the summit amid a spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over USA tariffs on steel and aluminum. Trudeau's view of how the summit went was a marked contrast to Trump's take.
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While the two men have had several seemingly congenial meetings and phone calls since Trump took office, they could not be more different in terms of policy, with Trudeau a progressive liberal, outspoken on feminism and the merits of diversity and who was close to former president Barack Obama.
The Prime Minister's Office responded by saying Trudeau has been consistent with Trump.
Mr Trump has long said the North American Free Trade Agreement has been a "disaster" for the USA and has insisted that it be renegotiated.
"In this environment, above all we always have to stay polite, stay productive and try to convince (them) to keep the United States on board because they are our historical ally and we need them", Macron told a news conference with Trudeau in Ottawa.
"I would say that the level of relationship is a 10".
The comments come in the midst of Trump's ongoing trade war with allied nations.
Trump denied that the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as a bitter harangue on Friday between the USA president and his counterparts over tariffs.
"The European Union is brutal to the United States ..." Afterward, he said that talks had been "extremely productive" on trade and other issues.
Mr Trump had earlier denied that the summit had been contentious, contradicting what one G7 official described as a bitter harangue between the US President and his counterparts over tariffs.
"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free", Trump opined, calling it "the ultimate thing". Canadian officials explained that the United States and Japan did not sign on because they did not want to commit to firm targets to reduce plastics.
Mr. Trump, though, said conversations were cordial and respectful at the summit.