Russian Federation should be attending a Group of Seven summit in Canada, U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday, a controversial idea that even Moscow seemed to reject, as he headed for a chilly reception at the meeting where other leaders are set to clash with him over trade.
"Our values and interests are built through multilateralism, including American interests", Macron said in a tweet.
A Canadian mounted police officer walks past the Charlevoix G7 logo at the main press center, ahead of G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada June 6, 2018. Although the Prime Minister was the first world leader to be a guest in Trump's White House in January 2017 when the pair were pictured holding hands, officials admitted that they were not especially close.
Trump's friendly fire has ramped up tensions in anticipation of the summit, promising a showdown when the President comes face to face with a group of world leaders he has repeatedly offended.
"Now, if we're unable to make a deal, we'll terminate NAFTA", Trump told reporters. As European Council President Donald Tusk acknowledged, "Washington may not be interested in reconfirming our shared commitment to the rules-based worldwide order".
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Other G-7 leaders may also choose to be less confrontational with Trump. Something tells me that if Mar-a-Lago was sacked Trump would know exactly who was responsible.
He has taken a negative measure of his counterparts, as was evident from his not so gentle shove of Montenegrin prime minister Dusko Markovic at last year's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit. Picture: EPALeaders of an array of G7 nations pose for a photo.
The annual G7 summit brings together the leaders of the USA, UK, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Canada and the European Union - but this year it's being dominated by one man: Donald Trump.
"All of these countries have been taking advantage of the United States on trade", he said before flying out. His predecessors pressed for freer global trade and championed a trading system that required countries to follow World Trade Organization rules. He added: "We have to straighten it out".
"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", he tweeted. "We'll have a better deal".
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But it captures the drama of a reality TV show and, in this case, reflects a high-stakes diplomatic one. He cited "tremendous anger and open hostility" by Pyongyang but also urged Kim Jong Un to call him.
But Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum - and eventually other goods, such as German luxury cars - have pushed G7 members to the brink of all-out trade war.
"The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow-this is insulting to that", he said. In New York, the Dow dipped in early trade.
As tempers frayed, Trump had a ready retort, via tweet: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".
A Canadian government official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss diplomatic relations, said there have always been one-on-one talks as part of the NAFTA negotiations but noted that the trade pact is a three-country agreement and that any resolution would require all three countries to sign on together.
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