G-7 summit ends with US rejecting joint statement

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on June 9, 2018.
US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, on June 9, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The G-7 meeting ended in acrimony with United States President Donald Trump refusing to sign a joint declaration by the group.

Soon after departing for Singapore, Mr Trump sent Twitter messages accusing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making false statements. He was responding to a joint statement issued by Mr Trudeau's government, which said it had been agreed to by all seven countries. Disputing this, Mr Trump ordered US officials "not to endorse the communique".

His chief economic adviser later accused Mr Trudeau of being out to make Mr Trump look weak ahead of his summit with North Korea.

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