Canadian leaders oppose Trump proposal to reinstate Russian Federation in G7

Canadian leaders oppose Trump proposal to reinstate Russian Federation in G7

"One risk is that others will take advantage of this apparent vacuum in American leadership and the lack of trans-Atlantic consensus and act in ways that will harm trans-Atlantic interests, whether it's Russian Federation in the Eurasia. or China in Asia", said Ian Lesser, of the German Marshall Fund.

"What worries me most, however, is the fact that the rules-based global order is being challenged, quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the USA". That means Trump "is right to a certain extent" when he criticizes Germany for spending only 1.3% of economic output on defence, Merkel said.

Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads. We have seen this with the climate agreement or the Iran deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing".

"When we're at war with our allies, if we need something, we don't have them to turn to", said Conley, now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

Trump was reacting to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Saturday that Canada would retaliate for Trump's proposed new tariffs.

PM Theresa May in a phone call earlier this week told Trump that the decision by the United States to apply tariffs to steel and aluminum imports from the European Union was "unjustified and deeply disappointing". Andrea Nahles, the leader of Ms. Merkel's coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats, was openly and personally critical of Mr. Trump.

France, Germany slam Trump's G7 statement U-turn
Such a move could make it almost impossible to renegotiate the terms of the 1994 NAFTA pact between the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Macron also tweeted Saturday a photo of the other leaders and aides surrounding Trump, who was one of just two people sitting.

Trump and Merkel have had a fraught - sometimes chilly - relationship from the start.

"The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market", said Macron referring to the other G7 nations, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom.

President Donald Trump is taking more swipes at Canada and its prime minister over trade issues as he settles in for a summit with North Korea in Singapore.

The White House has downplayed reports of tensions between the leaders, but stressed that the president is committed to overhauling trade practices. The president, en route to Singapore, lashed out at the Canadian leader via Twitter, stating that the US will not endorse the communique. "It would be more honest to address the different viewpoints and to continue the work of overcoming these differences, rather than pretending that everything is in order".

Trudeau told reporters the USA national security justification for the tariffs on steel and aluminum was "laughable".

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