Trump says would be 'positive' to return Russian Federation to G8

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In recent weeks, trading partners of the United States have criticised new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports imposed by the Trump administration.

Trump withdrew his support for the G7 joint communiqué in a series of messages sent Saturday that blasted Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after Trudeau said Canada would "with absolute certainty" impose retaliatory measures on the USA over tariffs, CNN reported.

European officials at the summit were shocked by the idea, or dismissive, and Tusk, while admitting that it was hard to be surprised by Trump's pronouncements any more, said: "Let's leave the G7 as it is".

The image showed Angel Merkel, US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"The United States has been taken advantage of for decades and decades, and we can't do that anymore", Trump said.

Because of the disputes, many observers were not certain a statement would be issued under all seven countries' names.

The statement that Trump reneged on was also signed by the heads of government of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, all of which have also been hit by the USA tariffs of 25 percent on imported steel and 10 percent on aluminum. "I think it would be good for all of the countries of the current G7".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said nations should "engage but beware" when it comes to Russian Federation.

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"We're like the piggy bank that everybody's robbing ― and that ends", the president said.

"I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out, right?" he said, warning that if his fellow six leaders make good on their threats to take retaliatory measures, they could find themselves shut out of American markets.

Trump was asked if he thought Russia's control over Crimea should be recognized by the global community, but he avoided answering directly and instead blamed his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the situation. "We're pretty close on the sunset division", Trump said, referencing the USA demand for a sunset clause in a final agreement. "If they retaliate, they're making a mistake", he said.

Meanwhile, the European Union - the world's largest trading bloc - announced last week it would impose retaliatory tariffs on the USA beginning in July, over Washington's duties on steel and aluminum imports from Europe.

Trudeau again denounced Trump's decision to invoke national security concerns to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel as "insulting" to the Canadian war veterans who had fought alongside USA allies. Trump has been open on his desires for better relations with Moscow.

"We want to continue a good trading relationship with the European Union, but we also want to take advantage once we are outside it of being able to negotiate our own agreements with other countries around the world because I think that is to the benefit of the people living in the United Kingdom" May said. "What we did this weekend was come together, roll up our sleeves and figure out consensus language that we could all agree to on a broad range of issues", Trudeau said.

May reiterated the need to avoid tit-for-tat actions in a trade dispute between the European Union and the United States.