Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russia

  • Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russia

Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russia

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

French President Emmanuel Macron said it was possible to make progress on trade issues that have split the United States and its allies after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to media reports, even as late as Thursday afternoon, Trump was rethinking his presence at the G7 meeting, telling advisers that there would be no point in attending the event since the United States would be outnumbered on key issues.

"For today, I think it's much more important to convince our American partners to strengthen our format as guarantor of world order, than to look for something new, more challenging, more hard", EU President Donald Tusk said Friday.

"We had a very direct and open discussion and I saw the willingness on all the sides to find agreement and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers and our middle classes".

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.

He said he did not blame the G7 leaders for the "unfair" trade deals.

Mr Trump has told leaders that trade as at top of the his agenda for the G7 Summit.

Trump also lashed out at long-time allies over their criticism of his trade policies. "$800 Billion Trade Deficit..."

Merkel and Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit but no bilateral meeting.

May - whose government has accused Russian Federation of being behind the poisoning of a former spy in Britain earlier this year - said that the G7 had to be convinced that Moscow had changed. Look at what Macron did to Trump's hand.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal" application of tariffs. A Canadian official said Trump and Trudeau discussed accelerating NAFTA talks.

Trump, for his part, has argued that the European Union countries and Canada have imposed tariffs on USA goods for years to the detriment of U.S. farmers and factories, though he did not mention any specific regulations.

Moscow was expelled from the rich nations club, which sees itself as a guarantor of rules-based order and the global economy, over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.