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08 June 2018, 11:27 | Devin Moran
Trump calls for Russia to be reinstated to G-7, threatens allies on trade
The G7 meeting comes after President Trump ordered tariffs on imported steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico, China, Japan and the European Union, prompting world powers to talk of uniting against the U.S.in a trade war.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called President Trump's new tariffs "insulting" earlier this week, wondering why the USA was suddenly treating its Northern neighbor like a national security threat.
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.
Busy year, huh. What was last year's G7 like?
"The American president may not mind being isolated", Macron tweeted, "but neither do we mind signing a 6-country agreement if need be".
Donald Trump has called for Russian Federation to be reinstated to the leading group of industrialised nations now known as the G7.
"Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, and we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said.
That's because Trudeau and Macron are expected to reiterate their previous messaging at the G7 summit, and claim that Trump's tariffs will hurt American workers and damage the U.S.' image internationally.
The summit begins Friday in La Malbaie, in Charlevoix, north of Quebec, and runs until Saturday, when Trump flies on to Singapore.
The latest series of tweets by Trump follow posts he made last night - including his accusation that his host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being "indignant".
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".
On Thursday, Macron berated Trump for imposing unilateral tariffs on imported steel and aluminium rather than go through worldwide arbitration, and for walking out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran.
Trump also railed against French President Emmanuel Macron, after Macron likened him to a rogue leader.
"A rocky summit to begin with already, is likely to be a bit rockier", explains Carleton University Political Scientis Elliott Tepper, who says Trump's actions may leave the U.S. isolated.
The tweets were the latest in a war of words between the president and key USA allies, particularly Canada and France, that escalated on Thursday.
"Because we want President Trump to be strong and successful in his negotiation with North Korea, we want the global community to be credible on the Iranian nuclear program".
Trump's comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks.
Mr. Trump did smile and wave with the other leaders at the traditional posed "family photo", on a bluff high above the St. Lawrence River, despite the obvious tensions.
Canada, in particular, has taken offense at the notion that the steel tariffs are justified on the basis of national security concerns.
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