Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday that all members of the Group of Seven (G-7) had signed on to a joint statement, ending speculation that the United States could be excluded from such a communique.
"I’m happy to announce that we’ve released a joint communique by all seven countries," Trudeau said in closing remarks at the G-7 summit in Charlevoix, Canada.
The group of industrialized democracies — the U.S., France, Canada, Italy, Japan, Germany and the United Kingdom — traditionally issues a joint communique at the conclusion of their annual summit.
But President TrumpDonald TrumpCheney says a lot of GOP lawmakers have privately encouraged her fight against Trump Republicans criticizing Afghan refugees face risks DeVos says 'principles have been overtaken by personalities' in GOP MORE, defiant over objections to his administration's tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, went into the G-7 summit ready for confrontations from some of America's closest allies.
Trump tussled with Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday, a day before the summit began, over the tariffs.
Macron on Thursday delivered a stark message to Trump, warning that no leader lasts forever.
“The six countries of the G-7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market," Macron said during a joint press conference Trudeau in Ottawa. “There will be no world hegemony if we know how to organize ourselves. And we don’t want there to be one."
Trump took a jab at Macron for his comments, tweeting, “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.”
The president then departed Charlevoix on Saturday morning — hours earlier than initially scheduled — to travel to Singapore ahead of his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Speaking at a news conference on Saturday morning, Trump demanded that G-7 countries drastically reduce trade barriers for the U.S. or risk losing access to the world's largest economy.
The series of snubs and demands from Trump — alongside other long-simmering disagreements with key U.S. allies — prompted speculation that the U.S. would be left out of the joint communique with the other G-7 leaders.
But Trump rebuked claims on Saturday that his relationships with G-7 leaders were on the rocks, telling reporters that they couldn't be better.
"The level of relationship is a 10. Angela [Merkel], Emmanuel [Macron], Justin [Trudeau]," he said. "I would say the relationship is a 10."