Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Macron v. Trump: French President Threatens To Rebuke US At Summit

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Ginger Lawrence | 10 June, 2018, 14:53

US President Donald Trump dramatically withdrew his endorsement of a joint statement at the end of a G7 summit in Canada Saturday in a row over trade, accusing the summit's chairman Justin Trudeau of dishonesty.

The official was reacting after U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement on Saturday that he was backing out of the G7 communique drawn up at a summit in Canada.

Russian Federation should participate in the G-7 talks, US President Donald Trump said at the end of the summit in Canada, Reuters reported.

"Maybe, but nobody is forever", he told a news conference flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"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", Trump said in a tweet on Thursday.

In addition to the US and Canada, the group includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

A German government spokesman said Sunday that despite Trump's retraction, Berlin stands by the jointly agreed G7 communique.

European leaders criticize the USA decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

"Very dishonest & weak", Trump continued.

Photos that have gone viral show how Macron turned part of Trump's hand pale with a blood-squeezing grip when they met Friday on the sidelines of the G7 summit.

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"I said very simply that it is not something we are even remotely interested or looking at this time to have Russian Federation returned to the G7", Trudeau said at the press conference following the two-day summit". "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the #G7 summit", spokesman Cameron Ahmad said.

Trudeau said he would not cave to Trump's trade demands, even if it meant a full-blown trade war. France will host next year and the United States in 2020. "We strive to reduce tariff barriers, non-tariff barriers and subsidies".

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump raised eyebrows on Friday by suggesting Russian Federation should be allowed to rejoin G-7.

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", said the French President.

During the summit, Trump was accused of seeking to undermine the "rules-based" global order but the final statement began by stressing "the crucial role of a rules-based worldwide trading system" as well as a commitment to "continue to fight protectionism".

The White House said he would leave the talks four hours earlier than originally planned, flying to Singapore to prepare for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

According to multiple reports, Trump brought up the idea of totally free trade during a meeting with the other G7 leaders which include the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and representative for the EU.

The French president said he likes to keep his cards close to his vest and not reveal too much to the media.

Shortly before leaving, he also told reporters that the decision to remove Russian Federation from the group of the world's most advanced economies over the annexation of Crimea should be reversed. "It is going to stop or we are going to stop trading with them".

Trump's comments Friday on Russian Federation also could alienate him from his own party.