Trump says Russian Federation should be let back into the G-7

Trump's suggestion of readmitting Russian Federation was unlikely to gain any traction at the gathering of the group that includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

"Don't blame Mr Trump, blame the nations that have broken away". Trump's "America first" agenda triggered widespread criticism at the G20 summit previous year.

Mr. Trump answered with a claim that - quote - "The E.U. trade surplus with the $151 billion".

After an early morning Twitter posting that said he was, "Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made)" he piled on later in the evening with more.

The G7 groups Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Russia, which has the 12th largest economy in the world according to the World Bank's 2016 numbers, was kicked out of the then G8 in March 2014 in response to its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

At last year's summit in Sicily, Mr Trump would not agree to sign a closing statement on climate change and withdrew the USA from the Paris agreement days later. In response, the other G8 members agreed to punish Russian Federation by kicking it out of the summit.

"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be", Macron tweeted. G7 officials had planned for their leaders to discuss ways to counter Russia's interference in their democracies. Macron called the recent USA move to impose steel and aluminum tariffs on European Union allies "illegal and a mistake".

Trump was referring to the retaliatory tariffs Canada slapped on the USA on a number of items totaling about $16.6 billion worth.

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Trump took the action on the grounds that weak domestic industries could affect USA national security.

Trade battle lines were drawn even before he arrived in a series of dueling tweets and statements between Trump and his onetime friend Macron.

"I think a lot of countries are taking the position that they have cooperated for a long time in what has always been an American-initiated and an American-overseen system, so now Mr. Trump wants to change the rules". Mr. Trump is a constant surprise.

The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official has said, signalling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada. "Quite surprisingly, it's not by the usual suspects, but by its main architect and guarantor".

When Trudeau complained to Trump about the new tariffs he slapped on Canadian goods, saying he was especially upset that the pretext Trump used was that Canada formed a "national security threat" to the US, Trump replied, "didn't you guys burn down the White House?"

Last week, President Putin signed legislation on "countering hostile activities of the USA and other countries", which facilitates implementation of counter-sanctions.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister Theresa May have also been spurned by the president despite chummy beginnings.

Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G7.

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