June 9, 2018 5:16 pm
Updated: June 9, 2018 6:30 pm

Trudeau says G7 nations agreed to ‘ambitious’ joint communique despite trade rifts

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that the G7 Summit was "very successful" and that a joint communique has been released by all seven countries.

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LA MALBAIE, Que. – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Group of Seven countries have agreed to a joint communique at the conclusion of the alliance’s leaders’ summit in Quebec.

Speaking at his closing news conference, Trudeau says the G7 has agreed to an “ambitious” communique – but he did not immediately release a document or provide details of where the exclusive club of wealthy democracies found common ground.

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Heading into the leaders’ summit in La Malbaie, Que., there were deep concerns the G7 alliance was fast becoming a G6 plus one because of a widening gulf between the U.S. and the rest of the group in key areas such as climate and trade.

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Trudeau says five of the G7 countries agreed to a plastics charter to further protect the environment and oceans.

U.S. President Donald Trump angered his G7 allies last week by slapping them with hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum – a move that prompted Canada and the European Union to threaten duties of their own.

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Trump also raised eyebrows by urging the G7 to once again become a G8 by bringing Russia back into the fold and for criticizing his allies, including Canada, for what he called unfair trade barriers.

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