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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders' summit, which is wrapping up Saturday.

Mr. Trump said he stood up his G7 allies who were angry over USA steel and aluminum tariffs imposed against Canada, Europe and Mexico.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday rejected a US demand for a sunset clause in NAFTA but said he was prepared to compromise on the issue, which is holding up talks to update the 1990s-era pact.

The joint communique was confirmed by Prime Minister Trudeau, who said that Trump's tough talk on trade shows that there is a lot of work to be done between the countries.

While talking tough with US allies such as Canada and the E.U., Trump repeated his call for Russian Federation to be allowed back into the elite club, which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the USA and Japan. I mean, we have India, where some of the tariffs are 100%.

"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". Also seen in the picture are Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with his arms crossed and Trump's national security adviser John Bolton among others.

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

"When we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly", she said at a news conference.

Asked about Trump's tariffs in March, Spain's Economy Minister Roman Escolano said that most countries at the summit shared the "belief that protectionism is a huge historical mistake".

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy free", he said.

Trump's statement was made just before he left: the United States president has been at odds with the G-7 countries over mounting import duties disagreements.

French President Emmanuel Macron's thumb left a literal imprint on US President Donald Trump's hand at the G7 summit in Canada as they continued their tradition of intense handshakes. Earlier this week, Merkel said the group is defined by its members' respect of global law, and Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea was a "flagrant breach" of that. "If the expectation was that a weekend in attractive Charlevoix surrounded by lovely people was going to transform the president's outlook on trade and the world, then we didn't quite perhaps meet that bar".

Following the G7 summit in Canada's Quebec, Trump is en route to Singapore where he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump said he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.

According to multiple reports, Trump brought up the idea of totally free trade during a meeting with the other G7 leaders which include the heads of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and representative for the EU.

"We had extremely productive discussions on the need to have fair and reciprocal" trade, he said. The Crimea annexation in 2014 resulted in the leading world powers excluding Russian Federation from the club and becoming the G-7 again.