Vladimir Putin Calls Russian Meddling In U.S. Election A Joke

Pauline Gross
June 13, 2018

Macron called a meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Theresa May, new Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte and top European Union officials just before the G-7 opening.

But Trump struck a more affable tone after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, saying the French leader was helping work out trade issues.

While there have been disputes over policy, analysts say the current dust-ups between the Trump administration and longtime US allies point to a potential shift in worldwide dynamics.

"He is a serious-minded person who knows how to listen to people and respond to their arguments".

But, in contrast to the United States' allies, the Russian president expressed understanding for Trump's decision that the United States would not sign the summit's final statement.

"Today it is hard to say what these guarantees may look like or when they will come into effect", he said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday opened a regional security summit attended by Russian Federation and Iran with boasts of the bloc's "unity", just as a fractious G7 gathering was mired in divisions between Europe and the US.

European leaders criticize the USA decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement. "At previous meetings this has been done in a number of ways, such as a chairman's statement". During a meeting Friday evening with Trudeau, Trump kidded that the Canadian leader had "agreed to cut all tariffs".

The White House is escalating its verbal attacks against Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of close American ally Canada.

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Before leaving for the Group of Seven Summit in Quebec this morning, Trump mused to reporters in Washington that it was time to re-admit Russian Federation.

At issue are USA tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbor - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., a frequent critic of Trump, called the move "weak".

Putin and Xi held their first meeting this year before both leaders attend the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization - the eight-member group led by Russian Federation and China - in the Chinese port city of Qingdao today and Sunday.

"We must say some "no" from now on".

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.

And he promised a "frank and direct discussion" with Trump in Canada.

Mrs May hopes to use the summit to avert a wider trade war, insisting she wants a "proportionate" response from the European Union to the "unjustified" U.S. tariffs. The DPRK leader also reportedly ended his congratulatory message by anticipating even more success for President Putin and hoped that his country and that of the President's would get the chance to strengthen their strategic and traditional bilateral relations sometime in the near future.

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