Published: Вт, Июня 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Trump Vows to Deal With 'Unfair Trade' Ahead of Tense G7 Summit

Trump Vows to Deal With 'Unfair Trade' Ahead of Tense G7 Summit

Mr Trump on Saturday threw the G-7's efforts to show a united front into disarray after he became angry with Mr Trudeau, and said he might double down on import tariffs by hitting the sensitive auto industry.

The response from the leaders of Europe, Canada and Japan was swift.

The bid to gloss over the divide might see the reputation of the G-7 salvaged instead of becoming an unprecedented casualty of USA tariffs, disagreements over climate change and the future of the Iran deal. Also seen in the picture are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his arms crossed and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton among others.

"The rules-based global order is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S.", Tusk said as the summit got underway in the Quebec resort town of La Malbaie, on the banks of the St. Lawrence River.

Macron tweeted a video showing him sitting with Trump on a couch, talking amiably.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing".

This will be Trump's second summit of the G-7, an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship.

"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices".

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The euro zone's two biggest economies differ on how to balance Macron's call for more solidarity in Europe with Merkel's insistence that tax payers in richer countries should not end up paying for government failures in poorer ones.

The president called for the G-7 to readmit Russian Federation, to the shock of the other foreign leaders, who, in concert with then-President Barack Obama had kicked the country out of the club as a rebuke to Moscow for illegally annexing Crimea. "And that's why we need to increase our defence spending", Merkel said. Trump held a similarly tense phone conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau around the same time. But Trump emerged from the White House South Portico 30 minutes late on Friday morning, and spent another 20 minutes talking to reporters.

Last week, Macron candidly criticized Trump's policies during a phone call over trade and immigration that turned sour, two sources told CNN.

And he said he had told Trump that "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

"All of these countries have been taking advantage of the United States on trade", he said before flying out.

French President Emmanuel Macron's thumb left a literal imprint on US President Donald Trump's hand at the G7 summit in Canada as they continued their tradition of intense handshakes.

LA MALBAIE, QUEBEC Get ready to rumble.

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