We’ll honour pledges made at ‘difficult’ G7, says Theresa May

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the G7 Summit in Canada

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the G7 Summit in Canada

And in Ottawa on Monday, International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne urged lawmakers to speed ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that might offset losses in USA trade by binding Canada closer to Asia, Australia and Latin America.

"The biggest and darkest cloud that we see is the deterioration that is prompted by the attempt to challenge the way in which trade is being conducted, in which relationships have been handled, and the way in which multilateral organizations have been operating", Lagarde said without singling out any countries by name. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the president". He says that we are the problem with tariffs.

Those tensions boiled over on Saturday, with Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the the G7 communique, a negotiated statement on shared priorities among the group.

The Washington Post's editorial board on Monday knocked President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: "Excitement in the air" ahead of Kim meeting Trump doubles down on criticism of EU, Canada Merkel: EU will retaliate against Trump tariffs MORE feud with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau following the Group of Seven (G-7) summit. Earlier that day, Trump also tweeted: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

"It was betrayal", the top White House official said.

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"In a matter of seconds, you can destroy trust with 280 Twitter characters", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said when asked about Trump's U-turn.

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French President Emmanuel Macron's office reacted Sunday by saying that "international cooperation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

The statement did not mention Trump by name but he could not have meant someone else.

"We commit to modernize the WTO to make it more fair as soon as possible".

The joint communique that was thrashed out painfully over two days of tense negotiations vowed that members would reform multilateral oversight of commerce through the World Trade Organization (WTO) and seek to cut tariffs. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", it said, reflecting the typical language of decades of G7 statements.

"Germany pays 1% (slowly) of GDP towards North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, while we pay 4% of a MUCH larger GDP".

Trump has infuriated the European Union, Canada and Mexico by imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. "They know it", he insisted in his departing news conference. "But it did not start with this G7, but with the election of Donald Trump", said a European official.

In the end, that language stayed in and only on climate change did the G7 break into the G6+1.

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