Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Sasse: Trump 'Weak' on Russian Federation G7 Invite

Sasse: Trump 'Weak' on Russian Federation G7 Invite

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday warned both Trump and the European Union of the dangers of entering a tit-for-tat trade war over tariffs, urging both sides to instead focus on China's excess steel production.

The French president did have some private time with Trump before the summit officially started.

"They threw Russian Federation out".

"We should at least consider no tariffs, no barriers - scrapping all of it", Trump said, according to officials who were listening and taking notes.

Moscow was expelled from the rich nations club, which sees itself as a guarantor of rules-based order and the global economy, over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region.

Trump's only other bilateral meeting at the G7 summit Friday was with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Investors are also concerned about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump has threatened to terminate.

Tusk warned 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.". Trump said at the White House before departing for the Charlevoix region.

Trump is to attend the summit Friday and Saturday before flying to Singapore for a historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12.

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.

Canada and other United States allies are retaliating with tariffs on USA exports.

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"Vladimir Putin chose to make Russian Federation unworthy of membership in the G8 by invading Ukraine and annexing Crimea".

Australia's defence allies are now on opposing sides of a trade war.

The U.S. president is lashing out on several fronts.

Donald Trump is due to fly into Quebec on Friday morning for a G7 meeting which, even before it has begun, is already on the way to being the most acrimonious in the summit's history. He declared: "We have to straighten it out". For example, they told Trump that millions of European citizens own Apple iPhones.

But as President Trump is finding out, even the biggest guy on the block can face resistance by pushing too hard.

Trump expanded the tariffs on steel and aluminum to the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union on May 31 after extending exemptions in March.

European and Asian stocks indices were down across the board Friday - despite a week of gains in the wake of robust U.S. jobs data and easing political headwinds in Italy and Spain.

Likewise, Macron described the moment as a period of "great challenges", but also defended his efforts to befriend the American president, saying the a historical ally and "we need them".

Trump's administration last week announced an end to exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs that had been granted the Canada, Mexico and the EU.

But a small group of around 400 protesters had gathered in the provincial capital anyway on Thursday night, and were confronted by a large police operation to contain them.

At last year's G7 summit in Sicily, the leaders all signed a communique, but the statement made clear there were deep differences on the Paris climate change accord.

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