Trump blasts Canada, calls for Russian Federation to be returned to G8

Eileen GuzmanJun 09, 2018

The leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter ahead of the summit.

President Donald Trump will head to La Charlevoix, Quebec, on Friday, for a two-day Group of Seven (G-7) summit meeting, as tensions between the administration and its key allies worsen.

The other G7 leaders - from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, as well as the presidents of the European Commission and European Council - have been trying to impress upon Trump the complexity of trade issues, insisting that his oft-repeated complaint about the trade imbalance between the USA and allies on many manufactured goods is only part of the picture.

French President Emmanuel Macron said ahead of the summit that USA allies would not be intimidated, signalling that the other six countries at the G7 meeting would be willing to sign a final declaration without Trump.

"We continue to remain positive about the discussions we'll be having". But with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting. The remaining members, led by President Barack Obama, expelled it in a sign of global resolve not to let worldwide borders be redrawn by force. Members include the U.S., Canada, Japan and four European nations (Britain, France, Italy and Germany). "It is in everyone's interest".

Trump also called Trudeau out as indignant and sent out a message to French President Emmanuel Macron. "Such language will dismay America's friends and embolden our adversaries".

This year, if members can overcome their differences on trade and Iran, the summit offers some scope for unity on issues such as girls' education, gender violence and chemical weapons.

When the two leaders finally met late in the day, Macron was first to reach out to shake Trump's hand and the last to let go, gripping it so tight his fingers left white marks - a reprise of the long, exaggerated handshake that marked the first meeting between the two leaders a year ago.

"There are disagreements", Kudlow said.

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things.but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!" After years in which Russia's wealthy were invited to base themselves in London without questions being asked about how they made their money, the Home Office is reviewing visas.

Mr Trudeau, the summit host, and British Prime Minister Theresa May, who will also attend, are among those to sharply criticise the U.S. tariffs as unjustified and punitive.

While he's taken a tougher stance on traditional US allies, Trump - who remains under investigation as part of an inquiry into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and the Kremlin - has charted a warmer course with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel responded positively to Trump's suggestion Friday, telling him: "We'll take it as a starting point".

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six-country agreement if need be", Macron said, adding that U.S. workers would be the first to suffer from a trade war between Europe and the US.

Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the US and the rest of the G-7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general USA attitude toward the system". Three days after taking office, Trump formally withdrew the USA from another such landmark deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration negotiated with 11 Pacific rim nations.

"None of us is eternal, so therefore our countries, the commitments we have made, transcend us", he said. A major example, she added, is Trump's summit in the coming days with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

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