Trump attacks European Union and Canada on trade ahead of G7 summit


US President Donald Trump will skip scheduled sessions on climate change, clean energy and oceans during the two-day G7 Summit which is slated to begin on Friday in Quebec, Canada, the White House announced.

The early exit will give Trump about 24 hours to meet with allies and try to defuse the escalating trade dispute.

Trump threatened to impose even more tariffs against those countries if they did not take down their barriers to United States trade. Trudeau had called Trump's national security argument "insulting" and said the tariffs are "totally unacceptable".

Trudeau's courting of Trump appeared to work for a time.

"I believe it can be worked out", top White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow told reporters on Wednesday.

The main meetings will be held two-and-a-half hours north of Quebec City - and of the worldwide media centre housing most of the reporters following the summit - in La Malbaie, Charlevoix.

He's in stand-offs with Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, and members of the European Union (EU), a collection of countries that includes numerous world's largest economies and the largest USA trading partners.

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Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense talks once Trump arrives Friday at the Quebec summit.

President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron participate in a state arrival ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House on April 24, 2018.

German industrial orders plunged due to weak demand from domestic and euro zone clients in April, posting their fourth straight drop on the month, as growing uncertainty about a global trade war led companies to scale back investment plans. Among allies, there was even been speculation that Trump might walk out of the meetings - or even decide not to show up.

"Because these six countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true worldwide force", added Macron after he had his one-to-one with Trudeau earlier in the day.

Trudeau is seen as the best bet to build a bridge between Trump and the rest of the G7 because his government has been able to forge deep links with the USA administration and across the various levels of American politics and business, the official said. Canada, for instance, warned it would hit the us with almost $17 billion worth of tariffs on goods like toilet paper and maple syrup.

"Over the last 24 years, we've built a very integrated supply chain, which has been good for economy, good for consumers, good for workers on all sides".

Last year, at Trump's first G-7 meeting, he agreed to sign on to the joint statement, even embracing language that the leaders of Europe and Canada have accused the United States of now violating.