U.S. President Donald Trump, speaking at a summit in Canada on Saturday, said trade among the G-7 nations should be free of tariffs and other barriers, in what looked like an olive branch to close allies amid simmering tensions over duties imposed on steel and aluminum.
"No tariffs, no barriers, that's the way it should be — and no subsidies," the president said at a press conference.
The president, however, did not elaborate on how or whether the United States would reduce its tariff barriers. Instead, he pointed to Canadian duties on U.S. dairy.
"We don't want to pay anything — why should we pay?" Trump said. "Ultimately, that's what you want. You want a tariff free, no barriers and you want no subsidies."
Trump's statements come amid historic tensions over trade between the United States and the other G-7 nations, which include America's closest allies — the United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, Germany, France and Japan.
The president has imposed steel and aluminium tariffs on every other member of the G-7, citing national security concerns. The move has sparked outrage among U.S. allies and risks isolating the United States at the summit.
Trump left the G-7 summit early to fly to Singapore, where he is expected to participate in a historic summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.