G-7 split over Trump's call to bring Russian Federation back into club

Pauline Gross
June 12, 2018

"Everyone agreed, including President Trump".

While President Trump has riled global markets and upset some of the United States closest allies with his norm-defying unilateral actions on trade policy, Kudlow contended that the president "regards himself as a free trader" but is working to reform what he sees as a broken system.

Although Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect United States industry and workers, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliation, raising the prospect of a tit-for-tit escalation. "And something's going to happen".

"I have made it very clear to the President that it is not something we relish doing, but it is something that we absolutely will do", Trudeau said.

A German finance ministry spokesman said: "We have made significant progress with our French friends towards a reform proposal for the euro zone and we will continue our talks next week".

Trudeau said Saturday during a news conference that Canada will "move forward with retaliatory measures" on July 1 in response to the Trump administration's decision to impose the steel and aluminum tariffs. "I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreements and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers, and our middle classes". It was unclear if the technical talks were part of her initiative.

Other world leaders shared different angles of the photograph.

He said: "Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in the meeting?"

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It was a picture that, by several accounts, summed up the tense G7 summit over the weekend in Quebec, Canada. "It's highly unlikely there will be a final communique", a G7 official said on condition of anonymity. The European Union also attends.

Three decades after the end of the Cold War, the G-7 nations are split over trade, climate and multilateral engagements such as the Iran nuclear deal. "I think he's the strongest trade reformer in many decades".

European officials at the summit were shocked by the idea, or dismissive, and Tusk, while admitting that it was hard to be surprised by Trump's pronouncements any more, said: "Let's leave the G7 as it is".

A few hours earlier, Trudeau had told reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign the joint declaration.

The US president is facing a backlash from leaders in Canada and Europe over tariffs he imposed last week on steel and aluminium, as well as his decisions to walk away from worldwide deals to address Iran's nuclear programme and climate change.

Canada also plans to impose similar taxes on steel and aluminum imports from the United States, as well as levy taxes on such goods as whiskey, orange juice and other food products in addition to that.

Trump described Trudeau as "indignant" for bringing up the relationship between the US and Canada without mentioning Canadian tariffs on USA dairy products.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal" application of tariffs.

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