Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

Trump says Russian Federation should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure

Trump says Russian Federation should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure

U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to back out of a Group of Seven communique through a Twitter message has destroyed trust and Europe's answer must be to stick even closer together, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Sunday.

En route to his historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un after leaving the summit early, Mr. Trump used Twitter to declare Mr. Trudeau "dishonest and weak" after the Prime Minister reiterated Canada's already announced plans to retaliate for Mr. Trump's tariffs with levies on certain US goods. "The withdrawal by tweet is, of course, sobering and a bit depressing as well", she told Germany's Anne Will talk show on Sunday evening.

And that ends. Reporter: President trump said previous U.S. Presidents allowed other countries to take advantage of us. "So we are going in with a really positive spirit", the USA president said. "The Prime Minister said nothing he hasn't said before - both in public, and in private conversations with the President", Trudeau's Office said in a statement released on Twitter.

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In a freewheeling news conference at the G7 summit in La Malbaie, Trump defended his contentious case for bringing Russian Federation back to an expanded G8, and he riffed again on what he said are unfair trade deficits with his country.

US trading partners have been furious over Trump's decision last week to impose import tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

Kudlow said Trump "is not going to let a Canadian prime minister push him around" ahead of his high-stakes summit this week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "I don't think that ratcheting up the rhetoric is going to improve things".

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has lambasted the US President Donald Trump's decision to renege on the G7 joint statement.

Soon afterwards, Trump rejected in a series of angry tweets from Air Force One the text of a G7 consensus statement - traditionally a paean to shared Western values and objectives under American leadership.

But tensions had already been seething over trade after the Trump administration confirmed on May 31 it would apply additional tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and European Union countries, ending a two-month exemption period.

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Trump predicted a successful trip, even saying that there's potential for Kim to visit the U.S. "It's a fairly big process". South Korea and China, rattled by the ratcheting tensions, signed on to tougher and more restrictive USA -led sanctions.

Mr Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

"Canadians are polite and reasonable but we will also not be pushed around", Trudeau said.

Leading up to the meetings, Trump, Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron had suggested the potential for a tough tone, though they were cordial in face-to-face meetings. The United States pays enormous tariffs on dairy.

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The US president argued that the invasion and annexation happened a long time ago and that a G8 (G7 plus Russia) makes more sense than the G7.

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