G7 leaders agree to joint communique: Trudeau

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The president "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around ... on the eve of this", top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union". Can't do it in person.

Mr Trump's strained relationship with the rest of the G7 was in evidence on Saturday when he arrived late for the opening session, with Mr Trudeau addressing a gathering that included an empty chair where the president was meant to be. "That will not stand".

"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", Peter Navarro said.

But the criticism left a former Canadian prime minister, Stephen Harper, stumped.

Trump also raised eyebrows by urging the G7 to once again become a G8 by bringing Russian Federation back into the fold and for criticizing his allies, including Canada, for what he called unfair trade barriers.

"The historic and important agreement we all reached at #G7Charlevoix will help make our economies stronger and people more prosperous, protect our democracies, safeguard our environment and protect women and girls' rights around the world". You want a tariff free.

Trudeau had said Canadians "are polite, we're reasonable, but also we will not be pushed around".

He blamed past world leaders, including past presidents, for that situation, but said the current crew - including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau - now know that the "gig is up".

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

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Donald Trump and Justin Trudeau have been at loggerheads over trade tariffs

Already halfway through his trip from Quebec to Singapore for his meeting with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un, Trump tweeted from Air Force One that he had instructed his aides to pull out of the communique, pinning the blame on Trudeau's "very dishonest & weak" approach.

In response, the European Union is preparing new tariffs set to hit USA exports ranging from jeans to bourbon whiskey.

Before leaving for Singapore, Trump had delivered a stark warning to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the US was responsible for the problem with tariffs.

But Mr Trump insisted it would be an "asset" to have Vladimir Putin back at the summit table.

US President Donald Trump warned on Saturday at the G7 Summit here that the US will do whatever is necessary for his country to have fair trade relations with other countries. He reiterated his longstanding view that the USA has been taken advantage of in global trade, adding, "We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing, and that ends".

Mr Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

Like Navarro and Kudlow, Sen.

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SHAPIRO: But this is hardly the first time the president and his attorney general have disagreed on something. My view is clear: "The federal law remains in effect nationwide, just as it does for heroin and cocaine".

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