Trump, Macron Exchange Twitter Jabs Ahead of G7 Summit

Donald Trump and Theresa May

GETTYTheresa May has defended Trump amid concerns he is snubbing fellow leaders at the G7

But before leaving Washington, he made clear that he too has no intention of backing down on his plan to rebalance trade by imposing tariffs on steel, aluminum and other goods imported from United States allies.

The Trump administration has also been engaged in contentious talks with Canada and Mexico to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

On Thursday, Macron sent out this tweet, in English, calling out Trump ahead of the G7 Summit in Canada.

Europe and hosts Canada warned US President Donald Trump on Thursday that they will not be intimidated at the G7 summit, despite fears that a trade war will weaken the Western alliance.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating whether associates of Mr Trump's presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 election.

The G7 Summit has been largely overshadowed by Trump's attempts to organize a summit with North Korea in the coming days.

In a bid to rebuild America's industry, Trump has imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, including those from key G7 allies like Canada, Japan and the European Union.

"There is no reason to use this provision to consider imposing tariffs on the automobile industry, and this appears to be either an attempt to affect domestic politics ahead of the election or for some other transactional goal regarding ongoing trade discussions".

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there were deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.




"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", said Tusk.

Trudeau offered the G7's support, saying it's important "to demonstrate the solidarity of the world's leading industrialized economies behind the president's efforts on the Korean Peninsula".

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

The White House says they're working to reschedule the meeting for later in the day.

Two Canadian-based sources said divisions between the United States and other G7 members were so great that senior officials in charge of each nation's preparations planned to hold an unusual additional meeting tonight in a bid to find consensus. "And we don't want there to be".

Trump is no fan of the world's multilateral institutions, and that has him on a collision course with his fellow G7 leaders, creating the so-called G6-plus-one dynamic.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the leaders would air their unhappiness in what he called a polite cordial context and expressed optimism about the summit.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

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