Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says

G-7 summit with Trump was a ‘sobering’ experience, Merkel says

The president said Saturday that re-admitting Russian Federation to the elite club would be "an asset", telling reporters, "we're looking for peace in the world".

Not to be outdone, Trump responded on Twitter saying that both Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Unable to persuade Trump to consider ways to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, and stung by USA tariffs on European steel and aluminum, Macron appeared to be recalibrating his approach to Trump.

Before jumping on Air Force One to fly to Canada, which is hosting the summit in La Malbaie north of Quebec City, Trump called for a return to the body's pre-2014 "G-8" formula.

He made the comment at the White House yesterday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against long-time allies over United States trade practices.

The plan, first reported by the United States news magazine The New Yorker, aims to strengthen the European Union and assess whether the changes enacted by Mr. Trump are part of a structural shift in U.S. foreign policy.

Mr Macron stressed: "No leader is eternal". Trump ended that temporary relief this month, seeking to pressure the other countries to cut new trade agreements with the U.S. Japan was never granted a waiver, despite Prime Mininster Shinzo Abe's pleas.

In European capitals and among delegations gathered here at a pristine golf resort, anxiety over the future of U.S. leadership has become more palpable than perhaps any other point in Trump's presidency, with the acrimony spilling into view just as the largest industrial nations hope to put forward a united front.

One solution, Merkel said, might be for Trump to withhold his signature from a final document.

President Donald Trump is taking more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settles in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore. Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters. She took particular issue with Trump's previous claim that imports of Canadian steel and aluminum had made U.S. steel and aluminum plants unsustainable, thereby threatening national security. The move immediately provoked an angry reaction from the European Union, which already presented its own list of American goods that will be taxed in retaliation to the USA move. "It would be more honest to address the different viewpoints and to continue the work of overcoming these differences, rather than pretending that everything is in order".

In brief remarks before one-on-one meetings with Macron and Trudeau, Trump bragged about his good relationships and said he thought an agreement was still possible, but he also made telling jokes about the tensions that have been all-too evident for weeks.

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