By Todd Buell

BADEN-BADEN, Germany -- Top finance officials are due only to make a brief statement about trade and not mention protectionism, a delegation official told reporters Saturday.

The source said there would be a "brief sentence on the contribution of trade." The comments suggest that there remain serious disputes between the new U.S. administration, which is seeking to rectify what it says is an off-kilter global trading system, and international partners on the future trade.

The statement follows a confrontation at a two-day meeting of finance ministers of the Group of 20 economies, which pitted the U.S. against a bloc of advanced and emerging-market countries attempting to head off what they see as President Donald Trump's protectionist agenda.

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March 18, 2017 10:40 ET (14:40 GMT)

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