In the end, Trump never visited the sessions on climate or the ocean, but held its own news conference, where he slammed "unfair trade" and promised to cut ties with countries that didn't adhere to a "zero tariffs", policy, then leaving for a summit in Singapore. Nor did the USA administration want to sign a charter regarding plastic in the ocean. "He didn't do that to my face, what's this all about?'"
"(Canada and the U.S.) have a great relationship and we've had it for 150 years and I think we'll have ups and downs like this", he said. That was a mistake.
"I don't know where we're getting the people to actually make this happen ... which will increase inflation and costs [for Americans]".
"We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies", the statement said, which came despite Washington appearing intent on taking more punitive steps on trade. Larry Kudlow, the president's economic adviser, finished the pile-on by accusing Trudeau of "betrayal", while Trump's new trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said later on Fox News Sunday that Trudeau is a back-stabber who "engaged in bad faith" and deserves a special place in hell. "It's kind of insulting".
A Trudeau spokesman, Cameron Ahmad, said Saturday night that Trudeau "said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public and in private conversations" with Trump.
Trump's comments after a historic summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were the president's most extensive on the matter since he tweeted that Trudeau was "very dishonest and weak" and raised the prospect of tariffs against auto imports, a move that would imperil the Canadian economy.
Trump's behavior at the G-7 summit was criticized by both Republican and Democratic lawmakers as being antagonistic of US allies. Hayden added that Trump's actions left him with "a mixture of sadness and, frankly, anger, because no country deserves to be treated that way". "I had a very good meeting with the G-7".
Trump also discussed a viral photo from the G-7 that showed German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders on one side of a table with Trump, arms folded, on the other.
"That was, that was such an innocent picture", Trump told Stephanopoulos.
"That picture was supposed to be a friendly picture", he continued. "We must put the American worker first!"
"There are more jobs now posted than there are people looking for work in the United States, and we've cut immigration pretty substantially", he said, noting that the country's birth rate is low.
Former Conservative cabinet minister James Moore, a member of the government's advisory group on NAFTA, hailed Trudeau's approach, refusing to react to "the noise, the bluster, the Twitter, the emotional outbursts".