G7 Summit set for 8-9 June in Quebec, Canada

09 June, 2018, 04:34 | Author: Wade Massey
  • Donald Trump

Trump is no fan of the world's multilateral institutions, and that has him on a collision course with his fellow G7 leaders, creating the so-called G6-plus-one dynamic.

Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers.

Macron told journalists on Thursday, referring to Trump, that "nobody is forever", Reuters reported.

Mr. Trump's stunning remarks on Russian Federation added to already fraught talks at the G7 and leave him more isolated.

"Let's remember why the G8 became the G7".

Conte's populist coalition includes the right-wing League party which says sanctions on Russian Federation over Ukraine hurt Italian exports.

Screenshotting a headline about US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be invited back to the group of nations, Conte tweeted: "I agree with President Trump: Russia should return to the G8". Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that "Russia is focused on other formats apart from the G7".

Mr. Trump doubled down on his tough trade talk with the US allies before he boarded the plane to Canada.

He is expected to leave the summit early on Saturday, missing sessions on climate change and the state of the oceans.

On Wednesday, Trump's top economic adviser dismissed the hand-wringing over tariffs as little more than a "family quarrel".

Already at the meeting of the finance ministers ahead of the G-7, the six non-U.S. countries released a statement raising concerns about USA trade actions.

Trump also singled out tariffs on U.S. dairy products in yet another scathing tweet directed at Canada just before the summit begins.

He also resumes his criticism against Canada for unfairly charging tariffs on dairy products heading to the United States.

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Mr Trudeau has described the United States claim that the tariff decision was taken on national security grounds as "insulting". Trump's comment on Twitter sets the stage for what could be an uncomfortable confrontation over economic policy on Friday.


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"America stands very much alone as they enter this G-7", Heather Conley, director of the Europe program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told reporters on a press call. "Not fair to our farmers!" "It will start first of all to hurt USA workers". "And we've made a lot of progress today".

Is the world spiralling down towards disaster?

"Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run", the president said.

Their comments prompted a swift retort from the USA leader.

Since Mr. Trump took office, Mr. Trudeau has employed a charm offensive, working to maintain close relations with the president, but also sending an army of negotiators across the border to shore up support for Nafta and try to contain Mr. Trump's protectionist and nationalist impulses. In a statement at the time the countries, which include the U.S., France, Canada, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and Japan, condemned Russia's actions as "illegal" and in "contravention of global law".

On Friday, he and Mr. Trump had a one-on-one meeting.

Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G7.

But the bromance between Trump and Macron is the most telling in how soon it flipped.

Busy year, huh. What was last year's G7 like?

To be clear, the tariffs are still on.

"The American President may not mind being isolated", Macron wrote on Twitter, "but neither do we mind signing a 6 nation agreement if need be".

Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron both visited the White House and appealed to Trump not to completely withdraw from the agreement.

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