Despite imposing tariffs on major US allies, the anti-globalist president has called for free trade within the G7. He also insisted US allies would be forced to concede to US trade terms because the US "can't lose."
US President Donald Trump on Saturday called for a revamp of the global trade system, insisting he wanted the complete removal of trade barriers within the Group of Seven (G7).
Trump addressed a wide range of concerns in comments to the press before leaving the G7 meeting in Canada.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that Moscow "never asked anyone to return" to the G7 and that Russia was happy working with the G20.
Insulting the press
When a CNN reporter asked Trump about anger and frustration from US allies over trade, he lambasted the reporter and his "fake friends at CNN."
"Fake news CNN. The worst." When questioned on his attack by another reporter Trump defended his practice of attacking the media.
He said he "came up with the term fake news" because much of the US press "is very dishonest." Many reporters "are unbelievably dishonest."
On North Korea
Trump left the meeting early to fly to Singapore for a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, describing it as a "mission of peace." He said he was "going in with a very positive attitude and I think we will come out fine."
He said he would know within the first minute if Kim was serious about denuclearization and if he wasn’t serious he would walk out of the meeting.
His early departure from the G7 meant he will miss sessions on climate change and the environment.