Hours after world leaders vowed to confront President Trump about U.S. tariffs at the G7 summit this weekend, the White House announced he would be ducking out of the event early. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump will leave the summit in Quebec at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and go directly to Singapore to prepare for his June 12 meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. By leaving several hours early, the president will miss sessions on climate change, as well as the traditional group photo of world leaders. He may also avoid a showdown with French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, both of whom promised to take him to task at the summit for his decision to impose tariffs on U.S. allies. Their criticism prompted a tweetstorm from Trump late Thursday in which he lashed out at Trudeau and Macron for trade policies that he said harm U.S. farmers and workers.
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