G7 leaders must not be afraid to reach agreements without US: Macron

Jun 08, 2018, 07:16
G7 leaders must not be afraid to reach agreements without US: Macron

G7 summits usually end with the host nation issuing a final communique, but Canada may decide not to do so, preferring instead to release a statement by Mr Trudeau summarising the talks, said the sources.

"The idea that, you know, our soldiers who had fought and died together on the beaches of World War II and the mountains of Afghanistan, and have stood shoulder to shoulder in some of the most hard places in the world, that are always there for each other, somehow-this is insulting to that", he said.

In what's been seen a jab at Mr Trump, he added: "Nobody is forever".

Cherry, who runs the Aluminium Valley Society, also said that because 80 per cent of Canadian aluminum is shipped to the USA the tariffs don't make any sense for anyone.

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada about the North American Free Trade Agreement and other trade and economic issues. "Maybe, but nobody is forever", French President Emmanuel Macron told a news conference flanked by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Ottawa on Thursday. "I think President Trump knows that". The European Union also attends. The United States trade representative office told the Washington Post that the US actually has a trade surplus with Canada.

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

By contrast, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the talks were "far more a G6 plus one than a G7". "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".

"The six other countries of the G7 represent a market which is bigger than the American market", the French president said.

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.

"We will also obviously have some very robust discussions on trade", Trudeau said. "That's the best option we have today", Macron told reporters.

Mr. Trump is exploiting a "national security" loophole in global trade law to justify his tariffs, and worldwide tribunals may have little choice but to defer to his sovereign determination in this regard, even if it's not in good faith. Trump reportedly joked on a call with Trudeau that the tariffs, which the U.S. imposed under a national security justification, were necessary because Canada burned down the White House during the War of 1812.

The lessons Merkel learned from that meeting with Trump will colour her approach to him this week, said Josef Janning, a Berlin-based senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

"This is deeply offensive to Canadians", Alden said. It's exhausting. Not only is Trump launching a pointless trade war against our three closest allies and four largest trading partners, but now apparently he's lecturing heads of state on history that never happened.

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