MACRON’S MUTINY: French President TURNS on TRUMP Ahead of G7 Summit

Andrew Cummings
June 9, 2018

Earlier Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lashed out at Trump for imposing tariffs on their steel and aluminium industries.

The summit is also the first time the leaders have gathered since the United States withdrew from the Obama era Iran Nuclear agreement, angering Europe.

Trump is scheduled to arrive Friday morning for the Summit.

"I think Putin's probably going, 'Man, I wish Hillary won, '" Trump said.

"But then it became clear fairly quickly that Macron would not be able to persuade Trump". "And before discussions could begin on any of this, we would have to ensure Russian Federation is amending its ways and taking a different route".

Mr Trump saluted Canadian Mounties as he was greeted at an airport at a military base in Quebec.

Trump has periodically called for closer ties with Russian Federation, although his administration's policy has included strong sanctions against Moscow.

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the Government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

"The president will travel directly to Singapore from Canada in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said in a statement.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed accelerating NAFTA talks during a bilateral meeting at the G7 summit of Friday.

"Take down you tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!" Trump wrote on Twitter.

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 USA allies. For example, they told Trump that millions of European citizens own Apple iPhones.

He said: "Naturally we cannot force the U.S. to change their minds. It will start first of all to hurt US workers".

On Thursday, Macron berated Trump for imposing unilateral tariffs on imported steel and aluminium rather than go through global arbitration, and for walking out of a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran.

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Mr Trudeau said: "American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration".

Speaking ahead of the two-day event in Canada today, Mr Tusk said this year's summit would be "even more challenging" than 2017's - an event which he had previously billed as the most hard in years.

Officials from the European Union also attend the meetings.

Nevertheless, Trump told reporters Friday that he has been "Russia's worst nightmare".

Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G7. But Trump was more than an hour delayed in leaving Washington, which meant the meeting had to be pushed back for the end of the day. The G7's finance ministers meet more often.

Earlier this year, President Trump announced that the US would withdraw from the Iran nuclear agreement, which has sparked backlash among allies.

Host Canada and its European allies are striving to put together a united front to oppose Trump's tariffs of aluminum, steel, cars and other exports, but the markets are rattled.

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