Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russia

Blanche Robertson
June 12, 2018

The president said the USA was "pretty close" to reaching an agreement on the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and had discussed two types of sunset provisions in which any of the countries could leave the deal.

"No leader is eternal", Macron said.

Before the president arrived at the summit, he criticized Canadian tariffs on USA dairy products, adding that he was "looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". French President Emmanuel Macron, who has tried to be friendly with Trump in the past, has recently shifted to a tougher line against the White House.

Up until now, the German government has largely adopted a policy of quiet disapproval in Trump's direction, but Maas broke the silence ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, which begins Friday.

The G-7 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, plus the European Union. France's President Emmanuel Macron also put a courageous face on the encounter. "We inherit commitments which are beyond us".

When May first visited the White House, he gripped her hand as they went down a slope.

Trump also expressed his belief that Russian Federation should be reinstated into the group of leading industrialized nations, telling reporters "Russia should be in the meeting, should be a part of it".

"In a culture of open discussion, it's possible that we don't agree on all points", Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Friday.

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Trump also complained about German tariffs on USA automobiles and the ease with which German carmakers can sell into the American market.

"As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it's unlikely they'd keep eating them", the French president said.

"The other countries of the G-6 are a larger market than the American market", Macron said.

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

In footage of the pair, Trump said of Macron: "Arm wrestling, he would be very, very tough".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly criticized Trump in recent days, calling the move "totally unacceptable".

The annual G-7 summit appeared to have weathered tensions over President Donald Trump's threats of a trade war. But he was more affable after meeting Macron and Trudeau, swapping jokes with the latter before the media though neither budged on their trade positions.

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