Trump disrupts gender equality meeting at G-7 summit by arriving late

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Earlier on Saturday, President Trump concluded his visit to the Group of Seven summit with warnings to USA allies, saying if they don't eliminate barriers to trade, they could lose access to the US economy.

U.S. President Donald Trump throws the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and instructed his representatives NOT to endorse the summit's joint communique.

Trump also slammed Trudeau for "making false statements" and accused him of being "meek and mild" in their one-on-one meeting on Friday before the Canadian leader came out swinging against the United States in a press conference on Saturday.

During a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday, Macron said: "The six countries of the G-7 without the United States are a bigger market, taken together, than the American market".

He left before any resolution was announced on the traditional joint statement from the seven industrialized nations in the group, which in addition to the USA and Canada includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

The pair have been at odds over whether a sunset clause would be included into any renegotiated trade agreement covering the US, Canada and Mexico, with Mr Trudeau insisting no sunset clause would be included and Mr Trump saying hours earlier that negotiators were "pretty close on the sunset provision".

"We will not.sign a trade deal that expires every 5 years - that is not a trade deal", Trudeau said.

Trump addressed the subject of global trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit on Saturday, saying that he does not want to see other countries take advantage of the U.S. over trade. "So we are going in with a really positive spirit".

"When we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly", she said at a news conference.

As the couples strolled, reporters tried to get Trudeau's reaction to being called "weak" by the President Trump.

"President Trump played that process in good faith".

"Applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us", said Trudeau.

And French President Emmanuel Macron has fashioned himself as Trump "interpreter" in Europe, where he and other members of the European Union have repeatedly threatened to hit back at US tariffs with retaliatory duties of their own - only to see the USA president slap steep penalties on their steel and aluminum exports anyway.

Donald Trump accused the summit's chairman Justin Trudeau of dishonesty.

Last month, he spooked Canada and Mexico by introducing the idea of slapping tariffs on auto exports to the U.S. He doubled down on that threat in his tweets Sunday after the G7.

G7 member countries say that despite the sharp tensions they had signed the joint statement advocating a "rules-based trading system".

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump continued.

A spokesperson in the Prime Minister's Office confirmed no funds were offered by the U.S.

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.

He said he just wants what's fair for America.