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Trump Throws G-7 Into Disarray With Tweets After He Leaves

Trump tweeted that the U.S. was pulling back its endorsement of the group's communique

June 09, 2018 - 8:18 pm

LA MALBAIE, Quebec (AP) — President Donald Trump threw the G-7 summit into disarray Saturday, tweeting that the U.S. was pulling back its endorsement of the group's communique in part because of what he called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's "false statements" at a news conference.

Trump's tweets from Air Force One, which was flying him to Singapore for next week's summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, came just as Canada released the group's official communique, which took a generally positive view of the leaders' positions on trade matters even though there were tensions with the U.S.

In a pair of tweets, Trump lashed out at his G-7 host, accusing its leader of being dishonest and weak and contending that Canada had taken advantage of U.S. interests. A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration.

He followed up by tweeting that Trudeau "acted so meek and mild" during the summit and called him "very dishonest and weak."

Earlier in the day, Trump said Italy's new premier is a "really great guy" who will do a "great job" for his country.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he'll soon honor Giuseppe Conte at the White House.

Conte made his international debut at the Group of Seven summit of leading industrialized nations that wrapped up Saturday in Canada.

Trump met Conte for the first time at the gathering in Quebec.

The president tweeted as he flew from Canada to Singapore for the next big meeting on his schedule, a summit Tuesday with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

Trump added that "the people of Italy got it right!"

The Associated Press contributed to this story.