Testy Trump to ditch G7 summit early, White House says

  • Testy Trump to ditch G7 summit early, White House says

Testy Trump to ditch G7 summit early, White House says

Despite the two leaders exchanging criticism of each other's trade policies the previous day, Trump described the cross-border relationship as very good, stating "we're actually working on cutting tariffs and making it all very fair for both countries".

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations.

The Russian gambit was the kind of pure disruptive genius that makes observers wonder if Mr. Trump is reckless or tactical.

But Trump, who frames his trade moves as a fulfillment of his campaign promises, is vowing to hold firm, tweeting Thursday: "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

The summit comes amid a fractured moment for US alliances after the tariffs the USA imposed last week on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. Fox Business Network's Ashley Webster has the latest on the upcoming meeting between several world leaders.

European leaders met separately Friday ahead of the G7 summit in La Malbaie, a golf resort north of Quebec City, and presented Trump with a united front "backed by facts and figures" to counter his charge, officials said.

As he headed to a G7 summit in Canada, Mr Trump said: "Russia should be in the meeting".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a meeting at the G7 Summit discussed advancements in achieving an agreement for putting the Trans-Pacific Partnership into force, the government of Canada said in a press release on Friday.

Trump tweeted Friday he's "looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with G7 countries" at the summit, saying the United States would "come out even better" if the deals were not improved.

Mrs Merkel said it was too soon to say whether leaders would issue a common communique at the summit because the leaders had not yet addressed trade and climate.

Leaders were also expected to use the event to raise contentious issues like USA participation in the Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and us participation in worldwide climate treaties.

Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers.

Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne was even more blunt, declaring: "What we are seeing is that the world economic order is under pressure, under attack".

Meanwhile, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau has warned that Trump's tariffs "are hurting his own citizens".

To add fuel to the fire, Trump reportedly asked Trudeau about Canada burning down the White House to justify his reasoning for viewing Canada as a security threat (for reference, that was the war of 1812, and it was British troops).

Newly sworn Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said he supports Trump's proposal.

Trump will skip part of the summit on Saturday as he travels to Singapore to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in hopes of resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis.

And as if to add another irritant, Trump called for Russian Federation to be brought back into G7 and resurrect the G8 format, from which the Kremlin was expelled following Moscow's annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its meddling in eastern Ukraine. "We'll see how it all works out, but we've made a lot of progress", Trump said, sitting by Trudeau after talks that an official said were marked by "strong disagreement" but "not heated". Macron called the recent USA move to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on European Union allies "illegal and a mistake".