Wednesday, 24 October, 2018

Trump sticks with hard line on trade as showdown looms at G7

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Macron said he will huddle with the leaders of Britain, Germany and Italy to forge a common approach on how to handle Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit in Canada.

US President Donald Trump took multiple shots at Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter today, less than 24-hours ahead of his first official visit to Canada.

"The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow-this is insulting to that", he said. Trump told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a phone call on May 25, sources familiar with the discussion told CNN.

He denied America's trade policies left it isolated from G7 allies, but warned that Trump would "stick to his guns" at the upcoming summit.

Trump raised the issue of United States vehicle imports with Abe at their meeting in Washington and said he wanted more investment in plants in the American industrial heartland of Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

The French and Canadian delegations will try to persuade US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit to take a more conventional path on trade amid his imposition of tariffs on the European Union and Canada, French President Emmanuel Macron said in a press briefing.

"American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration", Trudeau said at a joint news conference on Parliament Hill Thursday. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to brief the G7 leaders on the issue. The group of nations has a secondary list of items that will be subjected to a new tariffs in three years or possibly sooner, if the WTO rules in the EU's favor.

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

UK Prime Minister Theresa May reportedly won't even meet with Trump at the Quebec summit, despite having scheduled bilaterals with every other leader.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the longest-serving G7 leader, will also play a key role.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, pressed about a Washington Post report that the White House was considering additional economic penalties against Canada, told reporters that Ottawa was unaware of any such move. But U.S. shares rose on Wednesday.

Mr Macron, widely seen as having developed one of the warmest relationships with Mr Trump among world leaders, did little to hide his frustration before the gathering. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

So great is the rift between traditional allies that some observers have suggested renaming the G7 summit the G6+1 - and Macron said they should not hesitate to reach agreements without Trump. France would also oppose any wording that described the Iran pact as obsolete, the official added.

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