Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Merkel: Trump's Twitter Withdrawal From G-7 Statement 'Sobering' And 'Depressing'

Merkel: Trump's Twitter Withdrawal From G-7 Statement 'Sobering' And 'Depressing'

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" when Trudeau said at the end of the Group of Seven summit that Canada wouldn't be pushed around by the USA and its trade tariffs. "And that's the key point", Trump said.

Then, Friday, Trump aggressively confronted Merkel and other leaders of Europe, Canada and Japan, calling for the Group of 7 nations to readmit Russian Federation and refusing to ease his assault on the global trading system.

In the run-up to the G-7 summit in Quebec with Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan he began a freakish trade war with a lot of them (a war that will hurt USA workers and companies).

And at the same time, the United States president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.

Trump plans to leave the summit four hours earlier than originally planned to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the White House said. In one photo, Xi and Russia's Vladimir Putin, with smiles on their faces, lead other world leaders to stride into a dining hall.

A closeup image shows marks of Macrons thumb and finger's on the USA president's hand.

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The response from Mr Macron suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump. Yet in a testy phone call with Trudeau, Trump quipped, "Didn't you guys burn down the White House?" referring to the War of 1812.

Kudlow has described tensions between President Trump and some close allies as part of a "family quarrel" and expressed optimism that the current feuds on trade can be ironed out, after the president recently imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico, and the European Union.

France called today (8 June) for more ambition from Germany in reforming the euro zone, saying Europe faced a "now or never" moment with rising external threats from the United States and China. There are differences in styles of diplomacy and views about cooperation and free trade. "We also had a very positive meeting a little while ago on NAFTA - so this is turning out to be an interesting day".

Mr Trump will skip G7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection.

If there was any hope the fissures might be repaired before Trump arrived, it was dashed on Friday morning when the President told reporters he was open to reinstating Russia's participation in the group, which was suspended after Moscow's incursion into Ukraine in 2013.

But Wright added: "There is a feeling, I think, over the last few months, that that approach has not borne fruit, and that they haven't really gotten anything for that friendly approach". While Merkel, in the picture, can be seen standing behind a table with both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents, Trump with his arms crossed stares back.

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