Macron says 'things moving forward' after G7 trade spat

12 June, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Macron says 'things moving forward' after G7 trade spat

Macron said that recent trade actions taken by Trump are counterproductive to the economy of the United States.

In remarks to reporters before the leaving for the summit, Trump suggested Russian Federation should be included in the meeting of major industrialized countries. "I think the president's made that very clear". "In the interest of all".

In the run-up to the G7 summit, Trump continued to rile up his fellow world leaders with accusations of unfair trade practices, provoking angry responses from both Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who even suggested that the G7 could fare as the G6, without the USA if need be.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn't happen, we come out even better".

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

"It looked like he had cracked the code", said Smith, now with the Center for a New American Security in Washington.

And at the same time, the U.S. president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.

Trump's announcement on Twitter, after leaving the Group of Seven summit in Canada early, that he was backing out of the joint communique torpedoed what appeared to be a fragile consensus on a trade dispute between Washington and its top allies. The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

And he promised a "frank and direct discussion" with Trump in Canada.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, telling reporters she wanted the European Union to use restraint in retaliation against U.S. tariffs and that the response must be proportionate and legal.

At issue are US tariffs against Canada and Trudeau's effort to retaliate against its neighbour - as well as Trudeau's comment to reporters that all seven leaders had come together to sign a joint declaration after the G-7 meeting.

President Donald Trump's trade adviser says: "There's a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door".

Emmanuel Macron and his German counterpart Angela Merkel have promised to present a joint reform proposal to their fellow European Union leaders at the June 28-29 summit but differences in thinking threaten to derail the process.

The two leaders bonded after Macron invited Trump to Paris for the Bastille Day military parade.

They said: "We discussed all outstanding issues and made substantial progress, exchanging papers and talking throughout the night. That is the life of nations".

Adopting an unusually sharp tone about one of France's closest allies, Macron rejected the idea of an American "hegemony".

The other six nations are pushing for the G-7 to affirm "collective trade rules" in the communique, the French official said.

"It's hard, it's depressing this time, but that's not the end" of the Group of Seven, she added.

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