Canadian leaders oppose Trump proposal to reinstate Russian Federation in G7
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jun 12, 2018,
Jun 12, 2018, 2:19
In a meeting at the White House during the French president's visit to Washington in April, Macron suggested the United States and France should work together to resolve shared trade problems with Beijing, prompting Trump to make his remark, a person in the room told CNN.
US President Donald Trump since coming into office in January 2017 has made a series of bold decisions, the latest of which being slapping tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from various nations, even allies such as Canada and the European Union.
The chancellor also announced during Sunday's interview that, just like Canada, the European Union was also preparing counter-measures to Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs.
Last week, Macron candidly criticized Trump's policies during a phone call over trade and immigration that turned sour, two sources told CNN.
Trump was departing the Canadian summit several hours early, heading to Singapore for his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un on what he called a "mission of peace".
"Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation in the meeting?"
While Italy's new premier Giuseppe Conte, the head of a populist coalition, sided with Trump, many other European leaders were horrified and warned against the idea.
Trump advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro nonetheless toed the presidential line, savaging Trudeau in Sunday show appearances over what Kudlow acknowledged were "things that the prime minister has said before, basically".
"What worries me most, however, is the fact that the rules-based worldwide order is being challenged, quite surprisingly not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S.".
As a result, at the G-8, minus Russia's meeting in Canada last weekend, the headlines read, "The world against the United States".
Indeed, how can you explain Trump's behavior toward Canada, our close neighbor and second-largest trading partner (almost equal to China), with whom we share a language, history, values and a peaceful border?
The increasingly critical tone from allies is a shift after leaders spent the past year and a half seeking to woo and cajole the American president.
The bid to gloss over the divide might see the reputation of the G-7 salvaged instead of becoming an unprecedented casualty of US tariffs, disagreements over climate change and the future of the Iran deal.
In it, Merkel, with other world leaders standing around her, stares coldly down at a seated Trump, who has his arms crossed in apparent defiance.
She said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization. He may prefer the axis of autocrats to the G-7, but those autocrats are out to undermine this country - and him.