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09 June 2018, 06:16 | Joann Bryant
Twitter despairs as Trump blames Canada for White House burning during War of 1812
There's this meeting coming up in Singapore that Trump is much more interested in making than hanging around Quebec listening to 6 allies chew his ear off for going it alone on trade and climate change. Mr. Trudeau's office strongly denied any wrongdoing on the part of the prime minister, who is an outspoken feminist and had put gender equality and women's empowerment near the top of the issues he hoped to promote during the summit meeting.
Trump will be gone before any joint statement is issued by the other leaders.
A spokesman at the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, brushed it all off.
Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7. Russian Federation announced its permanent withdrawal previous year.
The tweets were in part a response to criticism from French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday who said the president's recent moves pulling the US from the Iran nuclear deal and implementing new trade tariffs have isolated the USA on the world stage.
"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted. At the same time we will not stop trying to convince our American friends, and President Trump, that undermining this order makes no sense at all, because it would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order, where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist.
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.
While Italy's new premier Giuseppe Conte, head of a populist coalition, had suggested he supports Trump's call, French President Emmanuel Macron assembled the European G7 leaders before the summit and confirmed unanimous opposition. He spent Friday participating in the rituals of the G-7, including the formal greeting by host Trudeau, a group photo in front of the sparkling St. Lawrence River and a working lunch of Arctic char and buckwheat salad.
Even before these developments it had become clear that this would be one of the more contentious G-7 meetings in memory.
US policy still does not recognize Russia's referendum taking control of Crimea and continues to identify the territory as "a part of Ukraine".
Canada, Mexico and the European Union have separately announced retaliatory tariffs.
Following the taking of Crimea, the Obama administration imposed heavy sanctions on Russia's already limited economy that have stymied the nation's growth and cooled relations significantly between Russian Federation, the us and European powers.
These sentiments were echoed by his boss, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, when asked on Wednesday how she would deal with Trump in Canada.
A few hours later, he added, "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"
The two leaders bonded after Macron invited Trump to Paris for the Bastille Day military parade. It is been reported that, in a phone call between the two leaders, Mr Trump wrongly accused Canada of "burning down the White House in 1812" as partial justification.
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If you look at what Canada, and Mexico , the European Union - all of them - have been doing to us for many , many decades ... The French president tweeted his intentions. "But Russia should be in the meeting, should be a part of it".
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