Thursday, 21 June, 2018

Trump ramps up Twitter criticism of Canada ahead of G7 getting underway

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Sammy Stanley | 09 June, 2018, 16:29

The European members of the G7 unanimously oppose US President Donald Trump's call for Russian Federation to be readmitted into the club, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Friday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that Russia was ready to improve relations with the United States, including through personal meetings.

For its part, Russian Federation allows China to show the U.S. that it has "other options" in worldwide negotiations, she said.

Adding an extra layer of friction to the gathering, Trump suggested that Russian Federation - which was expelled following the annexation of Crimea - should be allowed to rejoin the group.

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 US election and possible coordination by people in Trump's campaign.

But Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia's reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Russian Federation issue "hasn't been raised around the G-7 table", though she said there have been "some direct conversations in bilateral meetings".

Trump says he hopes to resolve what he considers unfair trade agreements with US allies during his time at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday.

In the last week, Trump and Trudeau have exchanged tough words over trade after the USA imposed hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

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Likewise, Macron described the moment as a period of "great challenges", but also defended his efforts to befriend the American president, saying the U.S.is a historical ally and "we need them". Trump said at the White House just before departing.

"We are not going to live with the deals the way they are", Trump said.

Mr Trump is expected to leave the summit early and travel to Singapore ahead of a meeting there with the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday. The G7 leaders were planning to press him to lift those duties in their opening sessions Friday, egged on by Trump's early morning tweets complaining about unfair trade and Canada's supply management.

Trump's imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

Solidifying his solo status on the world stage, Trump also lashed out at longtime allies over their criticism of his trade policies.

US President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron hold a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec.

President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shakes hands during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 7, 2018.

"I think we'll have a joint statement", Trump said. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better". Putin stated that the penultimate goal in terms of economic relations between the two countries is integrating and harmonising the One Belt-One Road initiative with the Eurasian Economic Union in order to create and expand a dynamic free trading zone throughout the wider east Asian and Eurasian space whose potential can unleash productivity throughout the region.

Experts said the award was a clear sign that both countries were growing closer amid increasing pressure from the US.

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