Trudy Rubin: Trump pummels G-7 democratic allies but loves autocrats

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Trudy Rubin: Trump pummels G-7 democratic allies but loves autocrats

"I think it will be very positive", Trump said, without giving details.

"For today, I think it's much more important to convince our American partners to strengthen our format as guarantor of world order, than to look for something new, more challenging, more hard", EU President Donald Tusk said Friday.

"Our position has not changed (on Russia)", said Adam Austen, spokesman for Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.

"We have massive trade deficits with nearly every country".

The proposal was supported by other leaders present, the official said. Look at what Macron did to Trump's hand.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who will attend the meeting of EU leaders, said in the New York Times this week "Europe must now do everything in its power to protect the trans-Atlantic bond, in spite of today's mood".

The two-day summit in Canada has been marred by fears of a trade war and tit-for-tat exchanges of hostile tweets, with United States trading partners furious over Mr Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, Canada and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

"Germany is starting to move toward us and sketch out its first response", he said.




Trump tussled with Macron over the decision a day before the G-7 summit.

He made the comment at the White House yesterday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against long-time allies over USA trade practices.

Trump, for his part, has argued that the European Union countries and Canada have imposed tariffs on USA goods for years to the detriment of U.S. farmers and factories, though he did not mention any specific regulations.

A German official said that if Trump declines to sign a communique, it won't be the end of the G-7, but it would be a worrisome signal.

Macron launched the offensive on Thursday at a joint news conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Both President Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have stressed the need for respectful dialogue but say they will push back against new USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, as they have on other issues.

Trump was the last G7 leader to arrive and will probably be the first to leave on Saturday when he sets off for his nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

President Donald Trump drove the wedge splitting Washington from its Western allies even deeper on Friday (June 8) with a spontaneous call for Russian Federation to be readmitted to the G-7 club.

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