Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping

Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping

"There are questions about what is going to be the dynamic around the G7 table, and I can say it will be very similar to other G7 tables, where we highlight and discuss many things we're agreed on and have differences opinion on other things", Trudeau explained.

"Trump said he was attending the G7 summit to "[straighten] out unfair Trade Deals" with Canada, France and other close USA allies, he tweeted early Friday.

The US president had earlier called for Russian Federation - which was suspended from the group in 2014, following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, and made a decision to leave permanently in 2017 - to be readmitted in the interests of realpolitik.

Tweeting in English, Macron stressed: "No leader is eternal".

The qualified kudos came from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, offering the US leader a brief respite from criticism over the punishing steel and aluminum tariffs he has imposed on his G7 partners. "We'll have a better deal".

The United States had a $17.5 billion deficit in goods with Canada in 2017, meaning that Americans bought more goods from Canada than Canada did from the U.S. But the U.S. had a $91.5 billion surplus in services with Canada.

At one point, Macron waxed on about the apparent negative effect of US hegemony, and suggested nothing short of sheer human mortality and the sweep of history would undo Trump's decision to dump the climate accord that was struck in the French capital nearly three years ago.

On Wednesday, the European Union announced $3 billion worth of tariffs on USA products in retaliation would go into effect next month. Right now, we are not going to live with the deals the way they are. Only if they decide on action that causes America economic pain, and him political difficulty, is he likely to take their interests into account.

"If I can get the president to actually realize that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way", Trudeau said.

In another tweet, Trump said he's "looking forward to seeing" Macron and Trudeau and accused them of "charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

Trump was referring to the retaliatory tariffs Canada slapped on the USA on a number of items totaling about $16.6 billion worth.

Just hours before what's expected to be a combative Canadian debut at the G7 summit, Donald Trump accused his host Justin Trudeau of being "indignant" in an evening Twitter posting.

Asked about Trump's tariffs earlier in the day, Spain's Economy Minister Roman Escolano said that most countries at the summit shared the "belief that protectionism is a huge historical mistake". They also reaffirmed their commitment to the world's rules-based order - something Trump has little time for.

The White House subsequently announced Trump would leave on Saturday, before the formal end of the summit, to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

A Canadian mounted police officer walks past the Charlevoix G7 logo at the main press center, ahead of G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada June 6, 2018.

The G7, or "Group of Seven", is now made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

A senior European Union official briefing reporters on the pre-summit negotiations used discreet understatement to describe the impasse, but only ended up underscoring the width of the rift.

On Friday, he and Mr. Trump had a one-on-one meeting.

Despite the backslaps and bro-hugs, parades and state dinners, Japan's Shinzo Abe, France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau are finding out the hard way that flattery is a one-way street with Trump, according to Politico.

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