President Trump held a press conference in Singapore following the conclusion of the summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump also talked about the supposed turmoil at the G7 summit and addressed the now-famous image of him with G7 leaders. He said the picture is misleading, it looks like the leaders weren't friendly but in reality, they were just having a "friendly talk."
Trump elaborated on why he refused to sign the G7 closing document. He said he decided not to after he saw Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he would not be "pushed around" by the United States. Trump was perturbed by the statement because he had just shaken hands with the Canadian leader.
"When I got onto the plane, I think that Justin probably didnβt know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions, and I see the television," the president said. "And heβs giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. And I say, push him around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly."
TRUMP: Anyway, we came β we finished the meeting. Really, everybody was happy. And I agreed to sign something. I asked for changes; I demanded changes. And those changes were made. In fact, the picture with Angela Merkel, who I get along with very well, where Iβm sitting there like this, that picture was weβre waiting for the document because I wanted to see the final document as changed by the changes that I requested.
That was a very friendly β I know it didnβt look friendly, and I know it was reported like sort of nasty both ways. I was angry at her or she β actually, we were just talking, the whole group, about something unrelated to everything, very friendly, waiting for the document to come back so I could read it before I leave.
Anyway, I left and it was very friendly. When I got onto the plane, I think that Justin probably didnβt know that Air Force One has about 20 televisions, and I see the television. And heβs giving a news conference about how he will not be pushed around by the United States. And I say, push him around? We just shook hands. It was very friendly.
Look, countries cannot continue to take advantage of us on trade. The number are out. Over the last couple of years, and over the last many years β but over the last couple of years, this country has lost $800 billion on trade with other countries, the biggest one being China. Eight-hundred billion dollars. A hundred fifty-one billion with the European Union. They donβt take our agricultural products, barely. They donβt take a lot of what we have, and yet they send Mercedes into us, they send BMWs into us by the millions. Itβs very unfair, and itβs very unfair to our workers. And Iβm going to straighten it out. And it wonβt even be tough.