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Giuseppe Conte, the Prime Minister of Italy, agrees with Donald Trump, the U.S. President, that Russian Federation has to return to G8, as he wrote on Twitter.

U.S. President Donald Trump threw the G7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after taking aim at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, adding he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

At the close of the summit, host Trudeau said the new tariffs on Canada under national security pretexts were "insulting" and that "Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will not be pushed around".

President Donald Trump's trade adviser says: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

The leaders of the G7, the world's most powerful industrialized countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Japan and the United States, meet every year to discuss collaboration on issues like world economy, climate change, security and peace.

"International cooperation can't depend on anger and small words". "I had good talks with Conte and I'll see him again before the summit, we'll talk about immigration and the European Union budget", Juncker said.

The remarks apparently upset Trump, who had left the conference early to travel to Singapore for a highly anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trudeau said he told Trump in candid conversations that US steel and aluminum tariffs imposed this month were "insulting" and that Canada will move forward with counter-tariffs.

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Trump accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of making "false statements", and threatened new automobile tariffs in a series of tweets he posted after leaving the talks in Charlevoix, Quebec.

"I congratulate leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals so good for their countries", Trump said, while insisting that his relationships with Europe and Canada were "outstanding". "But it did not start with this G7, but with the election of Donald Trump", said a European official.

This year's G7 summit had been dubbed "G6-plus-1" by many, referring to USA isolation over issues including trade and the Iran nuclear deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May "is fully supportive" of Trudeau and his leadership, a senior United Kingdom government source said, while European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "There is a special place in heaven for @JustinTrudeau". "We are open to dialogue, but that does not mean transforming a defined process, linked to the implementation of the Minsk accords", he said.

New Italian Prime Minster Giuseppe Conte however opted to support Trump, tweeted approval of his suggestion by stating that, "Russia should re-enter the G8".

A German government spokesman also said that Berlin stands by the jointly agreed G7 communique in which leaders underlined the crucial role of a rules-based global trading system and promised to fight protectionism.

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump continued.

The president also referred to Trudeau's "false statements", which he didn't explain.