Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump Trade War - French president Macron to meet Trump

Trump Trade War - French president Macron to meet Trump

Later on Saturday, after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said all seven nations had signed a joint communique at the end of the summit, Trump angrily lashed out on Twitter, stating the US would not endorse the statement.

As the heads of the top industrialised democracies embarked on a two-day G-7 summit in rural Quebec, European leaders warned that Trump's stance on trade, climate, Iran and - now - Russian Federation was setting him apart.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with US President Donald Trump at a family photo session with the leaders of the G7 summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada.

Key to Trump's concerns appeared to be declarations on trade, a thorny issue following Trump's announcement that he planned to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum exports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Trump also lashed out at long-time allies over their criticism of his trade policies. "The countries have to remain polite as the United States is an ally and we need them".

The leaders had been meeting at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada over the weekend.

The communiqué of G7 summit could be signed without Trump simply for the reason that the U.S. president intends to cut short his time in Quebec, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Previous G-7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalisation protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to United States flags and those of other G-7 nations.

"President Trump talks to Prime Minister Trudeau a lot and continues to do so", Kudlow said. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered to visit Washington for an assessment of EU-US trade to help resolve the dispute, an official said.

By the time Trump did arrive in Canada, met by a cordon of red-jacketed Mounties, he was well behind schedule, making the meeting impossible.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel created a storm on the internet when she shared a picture from the G-7 Summit held in Canada on her official Instagram account on Saturday. "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't". We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal.

Merkel said the contentious meeting drives home the point she's made for more than a year: that the European Union needs to stand together to increase its clout on the world stage and that the USA is a less reliable partner.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin responded: "We believe in the G-7, it's an important group", adding that Trump looks forward to the gathering.

Closer home, Indian Twitter users spotted an opportunity to make the photo more relatable by editing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Trump's place, asking when they would receive the Rs 15 lakhs Bharatiya Janata Party leaders promised each Indian would receive if they were voted into power in 2014. He may prefer the axis of autocrats to the G-7, but those autocrats are out to undermine this country - and him.

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