Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Donald Trump says Russian Federation should be be allowed to rejoin G7

Pushback on the President's trade moves Donald Trump says Russian Federation should be be allowed to rejoin G7
Melinda Barton | 09 June, 2018, 01:04

The President of the European Council dismissed Mr Trump's leadership a "seasonal turbulence" and predicted the G7 group would prevail despite America's isolationist policies.

"So, if I can get the president to actually realize that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, then perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way".

Trade will dominate, but security was placed on the table by the president prior to leaving Washington.

Trump will meet with Macron and Trudeau face-to-face on Friday.

Trump said, "I have been Russia's worst nightmare", Trump claimed, "but with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting".

But Trump is provoking his fellow G7 leaders by calling for Russia's reinstatement in the group, after it was kicked out for invading Ukraine four years ago.

Officials from the European Union also attend the meetings.

"The president has inexplicably shown our adversaries the deference and esteem that should be reserved for our closest allies", Republican Senator John McCain said.

The official described Merkel's suggestion as a "shared assessment and dialogue" mechanism, but gave no further details. If you look at what Canada, and Mexico, the European Union - all of them - have been doing to us for many, many decades ...

"American jobs are on the line because of his actions and because of his administration", Trudeau said at a joint news conference with Macron earlier in the day in Ottawa. But let's face it, in a $628 billion mutual trade relationship a $12 bn surplus on either side is trivial and certainly not worth having a trade war about.

"I will of course try to speak to the USA president about the current problems that we have overall, in particular on Iran and on trade tariffs", Merkel told the Bundestag lower house of parliament during a question-and-answer session with lawmakers.

European and North American leaders have privately and publicly scolded the USA over trade tariffs placed on aluminium and steel this month.

While half of American voters are opposed to the metal tariffs, a majority of voters - 52 percent - favor levying tariffs on goods imported from China, compared to 36 percent who oppose such measures. "The cost of raw materials will rise and industry will become less competitive".

"Tensions mount. This G7 will be demanding", President Macron tweeted.

Trump is no fan of the world's multilateral institutions, and that has him on a collision course with his fellow G7 leaders, creating the so-called G6-plus-one dynamic. Macron tweeted a short video of the two together, saying: "Sharing, reaching out, always, to promote the interests of the French people, and all those who believe in a world we can build together". He spent Friday participating in the rituals of the G-7, including the formal greeting by host Trudeau, a group photo in front of the sparkling St. Lawrence River and a working lunch of Arctic char and buckwheat salad.

"That's why we will continue to fight".

As the world's largest economy, the United States can use its considerable economic muscle to force other countries into making concessions in trade disputes.