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G7 divides to G6 plus Trump over trade war threat

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Lisa Bryan | 12 June, 2018, 04:18

A photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders standing over a cross-armed United States President Donald Trump at Friday's G7 summit has been given the meme treatment on social media.

Throughout the summit, photographers captured photos of the tension between Trump and other world leaders.

President Donald Trump delivered a stern warning on trade to foreign countries at the Group of Seven summit on Saturday, advising trading partners not to retaliate against US tariffs on the imports of steel and aluminum.

In spite of engaging in a recent war of words with Trudeau over tariffs, Kudlow said the two countries remain "firm friends" in spite of short-term disagreements and that the planned bilateral meeting will be a strong opportunity for the two leaders to work out their differences. Trump focused his conversation with Macron on German trade for about 15 minutes in the one-hour meeting. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".

The proposal was supported by other leaders present, the official said.

"We need a real European border police that can act if necessary even if it displeases one of the (EU) states with external borders".

And he said he had told Trump that "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".


Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the two-day Group of Seven summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, German chancellor Angela Merkel said it remains uncertain whether the talks will produce a joint communique.

The bid to gloss over the divide might see the reputation of the G-7 salvaged instead of becoming an unprecedented casualty of US tariffs, disagreements over climate change and the future of the Iran deal.

Some Twitter users did not agree with Bolton's opinion, criticizing Trump's policies and the way his administration deals with USA allies.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did not show a clear stance on the issue, the official said. Trump will skip sessions on climate change and the environment.

Trump tweeted Saturday that he had instructed his representatives not to sign a communique between the seven nations that make up the group just after host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced all countries had agreed to it. She took particular issue with Trump's previous claim that imports of Canadian steel and aluminum had made USA steel and aluminum plants unsustainable, thereby threatening national security.

If there was any hope the fissures might be repaired before Trump arrived, it was dashed on Friday morning when the President told reporters he was open to reinstating Russia's participation in the group, which was suspended after Moscow's incursion into Ukraine in 2013.

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