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Trump leaving G7 early, after leaders promise to confront him over tariffs

The White House announced on Thursday night that President Trump will not stay until the end of the G7 summit in Quebec, departing Saturday morning.

The summit starts Friday and ends Saturday night, and by leaving early, Trump will miss sessions on climate change, clean energy, and the ocean, in addition to a group photo with other global leaders and a final news conference. The White House said he will leave at 10:30 a.m., and head straight to Singapore, where he is scheduled to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

The news of Trump's early departure came after both French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said they would confront Trump at the summit about new tariffs he imposed on U.S. allies. Earlier in the evening, Macron tweeted about Trump being excluded from the traditional joint statement signed by leaders at the end of the G7 summit, saying Trump "may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be."