G7 divides to G6 plus Trump over trade war threat

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by a tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with USA 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.

Just before taking off from Charlevoix, Que., Trump called the Group of Seven summit "really tremendously successful" before launching into a tirade about how unfairly he believes the countries in the group have been treating the USA, while complimenting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and taking a shot at a reporter from "fake news CNN" in the process.

"This isn't just G7". "It's gonna change. I mean it's not a question of 'I hope it changes.' It's gonna change - 100 percent". He says "we're not looking to play games". "And it's going to stop".

He later said, "It's going to stop, or we'll stop trading with them". But I feel really confident", Trump said of Monday's meeting, which is the first between a North Korean leader and sitting USA president, "It's never been done, It's never been tested.

Trump said they are based on legitimate national security concerns, and he said he stood firm against the concerns of his fellow G7 leaders during their talks.

"And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether", Macron said, speaking in English. He also said the G7 group was bound together by shared values and beliefs.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron said in another tweet.

"Nevertheless, I do not consider that with a declaration all is obtained and it is obvious that we will have in the coming weeks, the next months, to continue to work", Macron told reporters.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things. but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!" That resulted in the an overall $8.4 billion surplus in goods and services with Canada in 2017, according to the U.S. Trade Representative's office.

That has financial markets anxious about tit-for-tit escalation that could tarnish an overall rosy global economic outlook.

Trump's deteriorating relationships with Trudeau and Macron - both of whom he has previously lavished with praise - come as the US finds itself increasingly isolated from key allies over Trump's isolationist policies, including his decisions to pull out of the Paris climate agreement and to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. "It could be with Canada, with Mexico, one-on-one", the president added.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by President Donald Trump prior to holding talks at the White House in Washington, D.C., February 13, 2017.

Trump planned to leave the summit before it ends on Saturday to head to Singapore for the next meeting on his schedule - a high-stakes summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will - and bring back Russian Federation", said Steve Bannon, Trump's former campaign and White House adviser. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.