President Donald Trump will cut short his time at the G7 summit in Canada, which begins Friday, amid a public feud with several leaders on trade and climate change.
The U.S. president will leave the summit Saturday morning, the White House said, just before meetings begin on climate change, energy policy and oceans. Trump will then head to Singapore ahead of his highly-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat, will represent the United States for the G7 sessions that Trump will skip Saturday.
Trump tweeted Friday he’s “looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with G7 countries” at the summit, saying the United States would “come out even better” if the deals were not improved.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have presented a united front against what they say are protectionist trade measures by Trump — particularly his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union.