Trudeau and Trump discuss speeding up NAFTA talks in meeting at G7
Trudeau and Trump discuss speeding up NAFTA talks in meeting at G7
09 June, 2018, 06:12
G-7 members are likely to take the opportunity in Quebec to address economic concerns with President Trump, as numerous countries are impacted by recent trade policy decisions the administration has made.
Earlier in Ottawa, Macron and Trudeau offered an olive branch of sorts by offering Trump a modest measure of support in his historic meeting in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un following the G7 summit. Trump asked reporters. He continued: "I would recommend-and it's up to them, but Russian Federation should be in the meeting, it should be a part of it".
German Chancellor Angela Merkel floated an idea to set up a way to resolve trade disputes between the United States and its allies.
Officials from the European Union also attend the meetings.
Previous G7 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 G7 nations.
"It's highly unlikely there will be a final communique", a G7 official said on condition of anonymity. The remaining countries in the group include the United States, Canada, France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy and Japan. The European Union also attends.
"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G7 countries", Trump tweeted.
"I know we're going to have some very, very frank conversations quite clearly around the table", Mr Trudeau told Global TV, adding he would convey Canada's displeasure over the tariffs personally when he meets Mr Trump in Quebec.
"I want to say sometimes we disagree, but we share I'd say common concerns and common values and we share the willingness to deliver results together", Macron said.
It comes after Trump, solidifying his solo status on the world stage, lashed out at long-time allies over their critiques of his trade policies and plans an early exit from the annual G7 meeting.
Macron, who fêted Trump in France previous year with a lavish state visit in his honour, has been called a "Trump whisperer" - but he hasn't shied away from taking on Trump.
Despite the seriousness of the matter, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump were all smiles ahead of their bilateral meeting at the G7 summit. But Russiawas suspended from the summit of the top industrialized nations in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine.
Trump is scheduled to arrive Friday morning for the Summit.
"Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7", the spokesman stated.
Trade ministers and politicians from multiple countries have voiced opposition in the media to the tariffs ahead of the G-7 summit, and have indicated they may band together to push the USA president to reverse his decision.
"Vladimir Putin chose to make Russian Federation unworthy of membership in the G8 by invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea".
And at the same time, the USA president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.
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