Trump Wants Russia Back In G-7

Trump Wants Russia Back In G-7

Andrew Cummings
June 9, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump countered a slew of trade numbers from U.S. allies with his own, different data, holding firm to his position that the United States was at a disadvantage, an official at a G7 summit said on Friday as consensus eluded the group's leaders.

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 recent days. Facing pointed criticism from increasingly disillusioned allies, he punched back, uncowed by the growing global outcry.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries". We will straighten that out. Canada is waiting until the end of the month to apply them with the hope the Trump administration will reconsider.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Mr Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

Russian Federation was booted from the then-G8 in 2014 over its annexation of Crimea, which world leaders condemned as "illegal".

Also new is an ongoing US federal investigation into whether Trump's associates co-operated in Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election. The G-7 began in the 1970s as a way for the most important industrialized democracies to gather together to discuss their common economic interests, with the group including the United States, the Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan.

Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have already written to US officials urging them to shield European companies working in Iran from getting caught up in Washington's new sanctions on Tehran.

Foreign leaders who embraced President Donald Trump and rolled out the red carpet for him are collectively feeling burned that their attempts to woo the leader of the free world have gotten them nowhere, Politico reports.

But the friendship failed to keep Trump from leaving the Iran nuclear deal, a decision that will have major implications for French businesses wary of triggering us sanctions on business with Tehran.

Trump also repeatedly insists that the USA runs a large trade deficit with Canada, importing more goods from that country than it sells to its northern neighbor.

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, a leader who is usually friendly with Trump, implied that the liberal worldwide alliance doesn't need the United States to make a deal. "That's the key point". French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday on Twitter, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be".

"Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

In a series of tweets on the eve of the summit, the president gave a glimpse of the issues he's prioritizing for negotiations. The French president, Emmanuel Macron, said yesterday that this doesn't mean there won't be an agreement.

"We are actually working on it", Trump clarified.

On the eve of the summit, Trump lashed out on Twitter at Macron and Trudeau, who earlier Friday criticized Trump's trade stance a joint news conference in Ottawa. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade", Trump said, expressing optimism without details that "something is going to happen" on that front.

The US president arrived late to Charlevoix and will leave early. "It's a lucky number".

"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", the spokesman stated.

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