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Trump calls for Russian Federation return to G7 ahead of showdown with allies

08 Juin 2018

"You say the US president doesn't care at all".

New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday he would try to promote "moderate" positions on trade tariffs at a Group of Seven summit where the contentious issue looks set to dominate talks among leaders.

Macron said he and Trudeau discussed their "common vision of the world", adding that "this period is marked by great challenges" - part of their pre-G7 united front, marked by the French president tweeting Wednesday of his country's "convergence" with Canada.

Fears of a looming trade war were heightened last week after all the G7 nations announced plans to retaliate against Trump's tariffs with tariffs of their own.

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6-country agreement if need be", Macron wrote on Twitter.

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", Macron said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hasn't been shy about venting his fury with Trump for imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports - including Canada's - and for justifying the protectionist move by calling those imports a threat to U.S. national security.

"Isn't it Ironic?" Trump tweeted.

But US President Donald Trump is getting nasty and raising tensions before the meetings even begin.

"Trump thought Canada was going to be the easiest country to play, and he's disappointed that didn't happen", said Dunniella Kaufman, a Canadian trade lawyer based in Washington.

The Trump administration's claims that its trade is tied to national security is less of a hard fact than a political argument. It also means he will be able to avoid a showdown with allies like Canada and France, who are angry with Trump's isolationist policies and decision to impose harsh tariffs on trade and aluminum.

Trump's first meeting at the summer resort on St Lawrence river is with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, followed by sessions with the full summit, and then a bilateral with the host, Justin Trudeau, in the early evening.

"Because we want President Trump to be strong and successful in his negotiation with North Korea, we want the worldwide community to be credible on the Iranian nuclear program".

But since coming to office in January 2017, Trump has pulled the USA out of the Paris climate accord, the Iran nuclear deal and the TPP Pacific free trade deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump is renewing his threat to quit Nafta, after his economic adviser earlier this week said he wouldn't.

At the start of the Trump's presidency, many foreign leaders worked to develop cordial relationships with him, hoping that it would help to make Trump more willing to compromise on some of his more contentious campaign promises.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Ottawa's position against such a move had not changed with regards to Russian Federation.

"Because these six represent values, represent an economic market, and more than anything, represent a real force at the global level today". "Within the worldwide framework, we have to take measures and that's what Canada has done and what the European Union has also announced".

Trump calls for Russian Federation return to G7 ahead of showdown with allies