Trump calls for Russian Federation to be readmitted to G8, European Union rejects it

President Donald Trump is defending his decision to constantly bash the press - both at home and on foreign soil - as he participates in his first solo news conference in more than a year.

Trump said he had not spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a while.

The president also called Trudeau "indignant" on trade and accused Canada of charging the U.S. Russian Federation joined the G-7 in the 1990s, making it the Group of Eight, but was expelled after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

While Trump set a combative tone before even arriving at the summit with tweets about unfair trade deals, he appeared affable and joking at multiple brief photo opportunities and praised Macron for helping to work out trade issues. We're looking for peace in the world.

Soon after he headed out to Singapore where he will meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un later in the week.

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with US trading partners furious over Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

French President Emmanuel Macron said the agreement would be a good first step and represented the G7 nations' desire to stabilize the situation. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did not wait for the US president to kick off the meeting in La Malbaie, Quebec.

When told the reporter was from CNN, the president smirked.

Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has sparked anger, with even United States allies falling subject to them.

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Such a summit would be the third such meeting of Trump and Putin since Trump took office previous year.

"We'll win that war 1,000 times out of a 1,000", he said.

And he said Trump's determination to bait his allies over trade and diplomatic engagements "would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist".

Mr. Trump said on Saturday that he had told the G7 leaders that the USA required fair access to markets and an end to unfair trade practices.

Trump was last to arrive for the G7 working breakfast, walking into the room when the summit's host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, had almost finished his welcome and presentation speech, Efe reported.

Most leaders at the summit have clashed with Trump over new tariffs, which impose a 25 percent tax on imported steel and a 10 percent tax on imported aluminum.

There was little expectation of a major breakthrough at the summit - held in the mountainous Quebec village of La Malbaie - on trade given Mr. Trump's temperament and long-held protectionist ideology, but the President insisted he got along well with Mr. Trudeau and other leaders who stood up to him. He says gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

U.S. President Donald Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum - a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

At issue are new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

  • Darren Santiago