European nations reject Trump's call to readmit Russian Federation to G7 | DW

European nations reject Trump's call to readmit Russian Federation to G7 | DW

Trump was heading into a bigger controversy over trade as other G7 leaders, including host Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, have been angered by Washington's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imported from allies including Canada and the European Union.

Trump's administration last week announced an end to exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs that had been granted the Canada, Mexico and the EU.

Trump said as he departed the White House for the summit in Quebec. At this point it's hard to justify adding Russian Federation to the G-7 when we aren't adding an ally like South Korea, not to mention China, India or Brazil, since they all have larger and more globally significant economies than Russian Federation does. And in the G-7, which used to be the G-8, they threw Russia out, they should let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table.

Things stand to get worse: While Mr. Trudeau is hoping a meeting with Mr. Trump at the G7 summit in Quebec later this week will calm the waters, the President is mulling further tariffs, including a 25-per-cent levy on Canadian-made cars and trucks.

Despite the president's criticisms of ally nations, as he departed for the G7 meeting in Canada Friday, Mr. Trump said he thinks Russian Federation should be a part of the meeting, too.

"It is evident that the American president and the rest of the group continue to disagree on trade, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal", Tusk admitted.

At a joint press conference on Thursday, Macron said: "A trade war doesn't spare anyone".

Trump fired back - and the White House quickly announced that he's leaving the summit early Saturday before sessions on climate change and the environment.

He called Canadian PM Justin Trudeau "indignant" and took aim at French President Macron as well.

Expectations for a breakthrough at the summit, however, are low, with USA allies focussed on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

This is weak. [Valdimir] Putin is not our friend and he is not the President's buddy. Picture: EPALeaders of an array of G7 nations pose for a photo.

The tone in the immediate run-up to the meetings at La Malbaie showed no sign of compromise between a USA president determined to disrupt the status quo to force more favourable terms for the United States, and six U.S. allies resolved to stop him.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip May arrive in Canada, for the annual summit of G7 leaders.

The G7 - or group of seven - comprises the largest advanced economies in the world: the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Italy.

"We have massive trade deficits with nearly every country". He added: "We have to straighten it out".

"They didn't tell you that, did they?" "We'll have a better deal".

European union treats us very unfairly.

Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the US and the rest of the G-7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general USA attitude toward the system".

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the United States massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers..." "Maybe it doesn't bother the American president to be isolated, but it doesn't bother us to be six if need be".

Trump also singled out tariffs on USA dairy products in yet another scathing tweet directed at Canada just before the G-7.

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