Trump Calls for G-7 Summit to Reinstate Russia

Ivan Schwartz
June 12, 2018

New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte threw his weight on Friday behind U.S. President Donald Trump's call for Russian Federation to be included once more into Group of Seven meetings.

President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Sunday accused Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of undermining the U.S. and its allies with comments he made at the G7 summit. Later, the document was made public.

Trump's confrontational rhetoric put him at odds with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada-two of his closest allies.

The G7 summit ended in farce and a renewed threat of global trade war as US President Donald Trump abruptly rejected the text of a consensus statement and bitterly insulted the Canadian host.

Former FBI Director James Comey also weighed in, tweeting Saturday night on the US-Canadian relationship.

At his closing news conference, Trudeau had repeated his prior statements that he believed the US's national-security rationale for imposing steel and aluminum tariffs was "insulting", and that Canada would impose retaliatory tariffs.

This year's G7 summit had been dubbed "G6-plus-1" by many, referring to USA isolation over issues including trade and the Iran nuclear deal.

It was part of a broader approach by foreign leaders to the second G7 meeting of Trump's presidency.

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"We have to keep a cool head now and draw the right conclusions", Maas said.

"President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump US dairy into Canada", Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the USA than it exports.

Screenshotting a headline about US President Donald Trump's suggestion that Russia be invited back to the group of nations, Conte tweeted: "I agree with President Trump: Russia should return to the G8". Though new Italian Prime Minister Guiseppe Conte sided with Trump.

"I did suggest it and people were - I guess they're going to go back to the drawing board and check it out", Trump said. And tariffs are going to come way down, because people can not continue to do that.

"The European Union is brutal to the United States, and they know it", Trump said, adding that other leaders acknowledge as much in private.

"I congratulate leaders of other countries for so crazily being able to make these trade deals so good for their countries", Trump said, while insisting that his relationships with Europe and Canada were "outstanding".

Trump quickly responded on Twitter that he was surprised by Trudeau's comments because he found the prime minister "so meek and mild" at the summit. "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't", he tweeted.

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