Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping

Trump to leave G7 summit early amid feud with Trudeau, Macron Donald Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7 grouping
Jean Garcia | 09 June, 2018, 10:26

Under plans agreed by the UK, US, France, Germany, Canada, Italy and Japan, there will be greater co-ordination to respond to threats including cyber attacks and other breaches of worldwide rules.

While Trump's relationship with some of the G7 members has reportedly been tense, one quickly came to his defense.

So take a moment to admire Mr. Trump's instinctive pot-stirring genius, and then consider what it tells us.

In May, the president announced his administration would impose steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada, Mexico and the European Union - all of which announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.in recent days. We're actually working on cutting tariffs and making it all very fair for both countries.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement that Trump was turning US foreign policy "into an worldwide joke".

His announcement of the previously delayed 10-percent tariff on imported aluminum and 25-percent tariff on steel, which initially passed in March but began last week, is expected to lead to negotiations as the president continues his "America first" agenda.

The tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense face-to-face meetings here once Trump arrives Friday at the Quebec summit.

As night fell crowds gathered near the conference media centre, some of them burning G7 flags and assaulting journalists.

Despite weeks of harsh rhetoric aimed at European Union leaders, an upbeat President Trump said Friday that he and America's closest allies had made progress on the first day of the G7 meeting in Canada.

However, after meeting Mr Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron said "things were moving forward" and it was still possible to make progress on trade.

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Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 as an advocate for freer global trade, instead pushing more protectionist policies.

Tension has been building over a year of policymaking that has distanced the USA from traditional allies, including by Trump's decisions to withdraw the US from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement.

Leaders of the seven richest nations vowed to send a "strong message" that interference by Russian Federation and other foreign states will "not be tolerated", Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Trump also railed against French President Emmanuel Macron in a separate tweet.

Striking a more conciliatory tone, the French president said in Canada that, although sometimes he disagreed with the United States leader, "we always speak and share, I think, common concerns and common values. If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!" the president wrote on Twitter, hours before his arrival in Quebec.

"He's sticking to his guns, and he's going to talk", White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said of the president.

Trudeau also spoke by phone Thursday with Giuseppe Conte, Italy's new prime minister, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Before heading off to La Malbaie, in Ottawa, Macron and Trudeau offered an olive branch of sorts by offering Trump a modest measure of support in his historic meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the G7 summit. "It could be with Canada, with Mexico, one-on-one", the president added.

Apparently reveling in a rift that threatens to undermine the Western-led world economic order, Trump stirred further strife by declaring before the talks began that he would like to see Russian Federation re-admitted to the club.

But Russia was suspended from the summit of the top industrialized nations in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine. "It will start first of all to hurt USA workers".

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