Trump Does Not Care if Great-7 Turns Small

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

In the run-up to the G7 summit, Trump continued to rile up his fellow world leaders with accusations of unfair trade practices, provoking angry responses from both Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who even suggested that the G7 could fare as the G6, without the United States if need be.

"No, he's happy", Trump said.

Macron also tweeted Saturday a photo of the other leaders and aides surrounding Trump, who was one of just two people sitting.

Just like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against United States tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, Merkel said.

Ten minutes later, the French President's office released a photo that shows Mr Macron negotiating with his American counterpart, gesticulating to make a point.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump left the summit early en route for Singapore to attend a historic meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong un, which will be held on June 12. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade. She also said the U.S. president wasn't entirely wrong in pressing Germany to increase defence spending.

However, as Politico noted, Macron's statement never explicitly mentioned Trump's name.

Macron said it was possible to advance the trade issues that have split the USA and its allies.

But it seems to be not working because European Council President Donald Tusk told the organization leaders last week that, "looking at the latest decisions of President Trump, someone could even think: With friends like that, who needs enemies?" But Trump emerged from the White House South Portico 30 minutes late on Friday morning, and spent another 20 minutes talking to reporters.

Kudlow has described tensions between President Trump and some close allies as part of a "family quarrel" and expressed optimism that the current feuds on trade can be ironed out, after the president recently imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

By the time Trump did arrive in Canada, met by a cordon of red-jacketed Mounties, he was well behind schedule, making the meeting impossible. Trump was Macron's guest at last July's Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, an honor reciprocated with a state visit at the White House this spring. There are differences in styles of diplomacy and views about cooperation and free trade.

Trump was running about 45 minutes behind schedule when Air Force One landed in Quebec.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

In addition, Macron urged Trump not to push Iran and other countries to pull out the nuclear agreement.

"I would recommend - it's up to them".