Macron leads G7 charge against Trump over trade

Macron leads G7 charge against Trump over trade

Macron leads G7 charge against Trump over trade

French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived here and met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 44th G7 Summit on Friday, that was expected to be dominated by political and trade differences between the USA and its allies. The three of them headed to Montreal's Old Port and paid a visit to the Pointe-a-Callieres museum.

But the bromance between Trump and Macron is the most telling in how soon it flipped.

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", Macron added.

Citing national security concerns, Trump leveled a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum last month. There are differences in styles of diplomacy and views about cooperation and free trade.

His plea for unity may fail, even within the European Union.

Trump's policies, by contrast, are unapologetically protectionist and confrontational.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted.

Nelson Wiseman, a professor at the University of Toronto, said he can't recall relations between USA and Canada being worse.

"Because we want President Trump to be strong and successful in his negotiation with North Korea, we want the global community to be credible on the Iranian nuclear program".

Trump signalled that he was in no mood to compromise as he met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who has tried to cultivate a friendly relationship with the American president. "The countries have to remain polite as the United States is an ally and we need them".

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Trump offered his own digs the evening before his departure.

"I think they will express their concern, probably more individually than as a group, quietly", said James Blanchard, a former US ambassador to Canada for former President Bill Clinton. The EU trade surplus with the $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

A few hours later, he added, "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

At the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Macron and Trudeau, in addition to attending working sessions with all of the G-7 leaders. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

Abe, who was in Washington ahead of the USA president's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week, has more at stake than tariffs.

These sentiments were echoed by his boss, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, when asked on Wednesday how she would deal with Trump in Canada.

Trump also said Trudeau was being "indignant" about the cross-border trade relationship. The president had initially exempted Canada from the steel and aluminum tariffs in March.

However, Maas also warned that Europe should not adopt an adversarial attitude towards the United States as a whole.

While the G7 leaders have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilize the Korean peninsula, they are unhappy he pulled out of an agreement created to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions. Trump is now in a full trade offensive with China and he has infuriated May a couple of times on issues of immigration and terrorism in the United Kingdom. "This U.S. administration feels unbound by previous U.S. commitments in a way that no other administration has ever felt".

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