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

Trump says Russian Federation should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure

Trump says Russian Federation should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure

The first is a trade war, one in which Washington is punishing American consumers and exporters along with foreign producers.

The Italian leader could turn out to be one of the friendliest faces for Trump at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, as his new populist government also stands for protectionist trade policies. "Russian Federation should be in this meeting".

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to the media at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2018.

Trump, who has recently clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his decision to impose tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, accused Trudeau of gouging the U.S. with his own tariffs.

He did not explain what kind of trade deal he was looking for.

Few though expect Mr Trump to back down, prompting fears of a bad-tempered summit and the prospect of leaders not agreeing the traditional end-of-summit communique.

"G7 Sherpa and Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat will represent the United States for the remaining G7 sessions", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement. Something tells me that if Mar-a-Lago was sacked Trump would know exactly who was responsible.

This year, the summit will be Friday and Saturday in Quebec, Canada. Picture: EPALeaders of an array of G7 nations pose for a photo.

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And at the same time, the United States president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.

Donald Trump has been busy attacking USA allies ahead of the G7 summit which begins today in the town of La Malbaie in Quebec. Neither side represents virginal innocence when it comes to trade, and the United States long has more success with negotiations than threats in lowering trade barriers worldwide.

"We have massive trade deficits with nearly every country". He added: "We have to straighten it out". And I'll tell you what, it's what I do.

"Russia is more often than not trying deliberately to be a strategic rival, to deliberately counter the good things we're trying to achieve in the world than for no other reason than to just counter them".

The U.S. president has recently whacked all the other members of the G7 with hefty steel and aluminum tariffs and is threatening to also impose tariffs on vehicle imports, which would also hit them hard. "Whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run".

Sebastian Mallaby, a senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations, described the relationships between the US and the rest of the G-7 as at a "new level of crisis", saying that it was not just about trade but "a general USA attitude toward the system".

In another tweet, Trump said he's "looking forward to seeing" Macron and Trudeau and accused them of "charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

"We're going to deal with the unfair trade practices ..."

According to the sources, Trudeau pressed Trump on how he could justify the tariffs as a "national security" issue. Meanwhile, Trump continued to talk tough Friday, even threatening to "terminate" the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he has repeatedly characterized as unfair to the U.S.

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