Putin says ready to meet with Trump when he is ready

Blanche Robertson
June 13, 2018

Putin's comments come as Trump's relations erode with key allies, including lashing out Saturday at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump's trade policies at the conclusion of the summit in Canada.

But, after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump struck a more affable tone and said the French leader was helping work out trade issues.

Three dramatic USA withdrawals-from the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal, and the commitment to free trade-executed by the Trump administration in the year since the previous G7 summit, in Sicily, have severely undermined the collective West's ability to lead in global affairs (RIA Novosti, June 9).

So as far as he's concerned, the reason he went to Quebec City was to berate our allies on trade, and if they don't give him what he wants, "we come out even better".

He also said he agreed with Trump on the need for a meeting between the leaders of Russian Federation and the United States. Vladimir Putin was booted from the G8 by the other members due to Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, and for backing separatists in eastern Ukraine. The differences between Trump and the other leaders are not only restricted to the trade but has extended in the other arenas like the conflict of Israel-Palestine, climate change, and the relationship with Iran. In 2017, the world's four largest economies were: the United States, China, Japan and Germany.

Heather Conley, director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said Trump seems to draw no distinction between allies who share the US values of market economics and democracy, and adversaries who do not, and in the process he's upending decades of American foreign policy. The European Union also attends. Independent counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the Russian Federation meddling, which Trump has denounced as a "witch hunt". Trump's policies have been more protectionist and confrontational, driven by a perception that the US has been the victim of poorly conceived trade deals.

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Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have written to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and finance secretary Steven Mnuchin, urging them to shield European companies operating in Iran from Washington's new sanctions.

Mr Trump retorted via Twitter: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers". Canada is waiting until the end of the month to apply them with the hope the Trump administration will reconsider. His next stop will be at Singapore to settle a one-to-one deal with Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader. "Maybe it doesn't bother the American president to be isolated, but it doesn't bother us to be six, if need be".

But to Trump, the very idea of global cooperation is anathema.

But the Prime Minister twice refused to say whether she had requested a formal bilateral meeting with Mr Trump.

Trump is scheduled to address the USA news media at 10 a.m. EDT on Saturday. He predicted it would inflict major damage to US standing in the world.

Although Trump says his tariffs are necessary to protect United States industry and workers, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal.

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