Russian Federation should return to G8 - Conte (2)

Newly appointed Italian PM Conte speaks during his first session at the Senate in Rome

Leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized nations agreed at the conclusion of their summit on Saturday on the need for "free, fair, and mutually beneficial trade" and the importance of fighting protectionism, their communique said.

It started on CNN's "State of the Union" when Trump economic adviser Larry Kudlow said the White House was angered by Trudeau's comments during the news conference that Canada must stand up for itself and that recently imposed USA tariffs on steel and aluminum are "insulting".

"Canadians, we're polite, we're reasonable but we also will not be pushed around", Trudeau, the host of the two-day summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, told reporters.

American tariffs are in response to Canada's tariffs of "270% on diary" delivered by the USA, he said.

The demise of the fragile communique is seen as a major blow to the strength of the G7 alliance, which is made up of wealthy developed democracies including Germany, Japan, France, the United Kingdom and Italy.

"International cooperation can not depend on being angry and on sound bites".

Before Trump's turnaround, British Prime Minister Theresa May, who Trump snubbed at the summit, strove to reinforce the image of the "special" US-UK relationship.

Trump, who left the summit early for his Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, took umbrage.

Earlier in the day, Trump said he had raised the issue of lifting trade barriers, tariffs and subsides to facilitate worldwide trade at the G7 summit.

"I congratulate leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals so good for their countries", Trump said, while insisting that his relationships with Europe and Canada were "outstanding".

The war of words between Trudeau and Trump escalated after the USA president left the meeting early.

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada.

"On NAFTA we either leave it the way it is as a three-some deal with Canada, the United States and Mexico and change it very substantially - we're talking about very big changes".

Trump had entered the summit amid a spat with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over us tariffs on steel and aluminum. "We're like the piggy bank that everyone is robbing, and that ends".

"Our values and interests are built through multilateralism, including American interests", Macron said in a tweet.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron said in another tweet.

Trump also defended his recent imposition of punishing steel and aluminum tariffs was based on legitimate national security concerns, and said he stood firm against the concerns of his fellow G7 leaders during their talks.

New Italian Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte however opted to support Trump, tweeted approval of his suggestion by stating that, "Russia should re-enter the G8".

Trudeau also took a jab at President Trump, who arrived late for a gender equality meeting.

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