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G7 leaders issued a joint pledge Saturday to combat protectionism and cut trade barriers as they wrapped up a fractious summit in Canada soured by a row over the United States imposition of tariffs on its allies. "And that ends." - Trump insists that the current status quo on trade can not be allowed to continue.

Trump's reversal, announced while he was en route to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sent his G7 partners scrambling.

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"For us, it was important that we have a commitment for a rule-based trade order, that we continue to fight against protectionism and that we want to reform the WTO", Merkel said.

Mr Trump and G7 leaders had a bitter exchange over trade tariffs, ratcheting tensions at the summit. No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be. That's the way it should be. The European leaders sought to show unity against Trump and prod him into concessions on the tariffs, or at least an agreement to talk more about them. "I did suggest it and people were - I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out".

Trump said that would be a bad idea.

On May 31, the Trump administration confirmed it would apply additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico, and European Union countries, ending a two-month exemption period.

Mr Trump gave "a long, frank rant", the official said, repeating a position he carried through the 2016 USA election campaign into the White House that the United States had suffered at the hands of its trading partners, with French President Emmanuel Macron pushing back on the assertion and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe chiming in.

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Leading up to the meetings, Trump, Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron had suggested the potential for a tough tone, though they were cordial in face-to-face meetings.

"This isn't the 1930s where everybody levied a lot of tariffs on everybody else", Kirkegaard said. "And it's going to stop".

His economic adviser Larry Kudlow backed up the call, saying, "We're going to clean up the worldwide trade system". And that's a very profitable answer, if we have to do it.

The noise of Mr Trump's helicopter landing was so loud they had to stop talking for a while, in a scene one official compared to the opening from the United States television series M.A.S.H. But with that being said, it's been done a long time...

Trump planned to leave the summit on Saturday before it discussed climate change and the health of oceans, underlining fractures in the G7 exacerbated by US trade tariffs. "Angela (Merkel) and Emmanuel (Macron) and Justin (Trudeau) - I would say the relationship is a 10". Trump arrived 17 minutes after the planned 8:00am start time and after Trudeau's opening remarks.

With his wife Melania back home in Washington, Trump cut a lonely figure on arrival at the golf resort in rural Quebec as he posed with his host Trudeau and his wife Sophie and other first couples.

But their facts, figures and plaintive explanations - including about Europeans' love of Apple iPhones, or that there can be trade imbalances between countries in the EU's single market that have zero tariffs between them - fell on deaf ears.

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