France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump

  • France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump

France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump

While the G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an global agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

But since coming to office in January 2017, Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and the TPP Pacific free trade deal.

So he could feel isolated Friday and Saturday at the hotel in Charlevoix.

Bill Morneau says he can't "sugar coat" investment uncertainty in the wake of USA tariffs, but the Finance Minister says Canada hopes to work with partner countries at this week's G7 leaders' summit in Quebec on resolving the issue.

He appears to view the G7 as an opportunity to set his allies straight on trade while seeking their support on North Korea, tweeting Friday: "I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly centre on the long-time unfair trade practiced against the United States. And we don't want there to be one", Macron said.

United States President, Donald Trump, has called for an end to Russian expulsion from the Group of Seven leading economies in the world.

Macron expressed support for Trump in his expected summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, but also warned that the USA president's abrogation last month of a 2015 multilateral deal on the Iranian nuclear programme, cast doubt on the credibility of such agreements.

When Mr. Trump was planning to trigger US withdrawal from NAFTA to mark his 100th day in office, a hastily organized campaign by the Trump administration's pro-trade advisers, along with phone calls from Mr. Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, pulled him back. Trudeau and Macron expressed strong support for those institutions Thursday. "We are allies. Our soldiers stand shoulder to shoulder to defend liberty and our values", Macron said.

Coming on top of his complaints about Canadian dairy quotas and complaints about tariff barriers erected by Europe, Trump left little doubt he was here to re-write the agenda.

And Mr Trump's reported quip in a phone call with Mr Trudeau last month about how Canadian soldiers burned down the White House in 1812 did not go down well either, not least as it was actually the work of the British.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel suggested to the German parliament on Wednesday that she is bracing for some frank talks.

Relations between Trump and Trudeau are arguably at their lowest point since the reality TV star ascended to the Oval Office, a result of Trump levying punitive tariffs on Canadian aluminum and steel imports on national security grounds.

And Trump has complained to aides about spending two days in Canada for a summit of world leaders, believing the trip is a distraction from his upcoming Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, according to three people familiar with Trump's views.

Others point to massive overproduction, and excess capacity, as the source of US industry woes.

"We think that demonstrating the strength of NAFTA as a solid community as we take on the world is very much in all 3 of our advantages and we'll continue to negotiate that way". The steel tariffs also affect the other G7 member, Japan, which was never granted a waiver.