The macron may not sign the joint statement of G7

Minnie Murray
June 8, 2018

French president Emmanuel Macron, who describes Mr Trump as a "friend", has taken a more confrontational approach ahead of the summit. He engaged him on Twitter.

Trump showed no sign of backing down on Thursday, first taking to Twitter to accuse both France and Canada of imposing massive tariffs on US goods and then accusing Trudeau of "being so indignant".

"The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out", Trump said in a tweet before adding that he looked forward to meeting the two leaders on Friday.

"In this environment, above all we always have to stay polite, stay productive and try to convince (them), to keep the United States on board because they are our historical ally and we need them", Macron told a news conference held with Trudeau in Ottawa on Friday.

U.S. President Donald Trump will be leaving the G7 summit early, White House says.

US President Donald Trump has grown exhausted of Theresa May's "school mistress" tone, the president's allies say amid fears that the pair will not hold talks in Canada. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".

Donald Trump is due to fly into Quebec on Friday morning for a G7 meeting which, even before it has begun, is already on the way to being the most acrimonious in the summit's history.

At a press conference with Israeli president Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, Macron was asked about reports that he told Trump the president's decision to place tariffs on the exports of USA allies was "illegal" and a "mistake".

Mr Trudeau has described the United States claim that the tariff decision was taken on national security grounds as "insulting".

The White House tried to play down the differences with Trump's top economic adviser branding the differences as simply a family quarrel.

"Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, and we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said.

"The global trade system is broken and President Trump is trying to fix it".

But he urged the other industrialized countries to stick together.

"The six other countries of the G7 represent a market which is bigger than the American market", the French president said. Canada is waiting until the end of the month to apply them with the hope the Trump administration will reconsider. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!"

And White House officials are discussing ways to ramp up the penalties on Canada over Ottawas threat to levy tariffs next month on C$16.6 billion ($12.86 billion) in USA -made products, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed officials.

Finance ministers of the United States' closest allies vented anger over the tariffs last Saturday, ending their meeting with a stern rebuke of Washington and setting up a heated fight at the G7 summit in Charlevoix on June 8-9.

According to The Washington Post, Trump complained about having to go to the summit as he considered it an unwanted distraction from his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore and didn't want to be confronted by other G7 leaders on trade.

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