Emmanuel Macron Says 'Things Moving Forward' After G7 Trade Spat

Marsha Scott
June 12, 2018

President Donald Trump's top economic adviser says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "really kind of stabbed us in the back" when Trudeau said at the end of the Group of Seven summit that Canada wouldn't be pushed around by the USA and its trade tariffs.

"No, he's happy", Trump said.

Merkel's comment was one of two nods to Trump during her hourlong ARD interview after her return from the G-7.

The details of the conversation, which Axios previously reported, come amid fears of a looming trade war over the Trump administration's move to impose steep tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico.

Since we live in a world with social media, the publication of the photo kicked off something akin to a worldwide caption contest in which clever writers have been rewarded for their comedic quips with retweets, likes, favorites and new followers.

He arrived behind schedule and planned an early leave from the G7 meeting today for Singapore, where he will attend the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The leaders of the world's richest democracies had promised some kind of compromise statement despite their deep divisions on trade.

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However, as Politico noted, Macron's statement never explicitly mentioned Trump's name.

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". But Trump emerged from the White House South Portico 30 minutes late on Friday morning, and spent another 20 minutes talking to reporters.

Robertson said there are other issues on which there will be agreement and the primary significance of these meetings anyhow is that "leaders get together and have those frank discussions".

The statement added "France and Europe maintain their support" for the G7 conclusions. On Thursday, the President declared the Canadian prime minister "indignant" on Twitter, decrying his trade views. 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.

"We are in agreement that a return of Russian Federation to the G-7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Instead, Trump has embraced the discord with his French, Canadian, German and British counterparts, lashing out on Twitter in the hours before departing on Air Force One for Quebec. While Merkel, in the picture, can be seen standing behind a table with both hands pressed firmly into its surface atop some documents, Trump with his arms crossed stares back.

Previous G-7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalisation protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to U.S. flags and those of other G-7 nations.

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