Occurring just one week after Trump implemented new trade tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, the G7 meeting saw tense trade arguments between the U.S. president and leaders from France, Britain, Canada, Japan, Italy, and Germany. Trump has said that the sharp spike in metal taxes will strengthen both American jobs and national security, but detractors – including Trudeau, German Councilor Angela Merkel, and more – have said that they will not allow Trump to control global trade rules and will respond with their own tariffs on U.S. exports. “As Canadians, we’re polite, we’re reasonable, but we will also not be pushed around.”
The impromptu denial of the G7 communique signaled the unofficial end of the Quebec conference, but for Trump, the bizarre meeting of allies was just a jumping-off point for yet another highly anticipated geopolitical rendezvous.
Flying directly from the G7 summit in Canada to Singapore, Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday to discuss a potential denuclearization agreement with the controversial Asian dictator.