Trump Breaks With G-7 to Urge Russia Return, Jabs `Unfair Trade

Trump Breaks With G-7 to Urge Russia Return, Jabs `Unfair Trade

Trump Breaks With G-7 to Urge Russia Return, Jabs `Unfair Trade

President Donald Trump said Friday he thinks Russian Federation should be reinstated into the Group of Seven, the industrialized countries whose leaders are meeting in Canada this weekend.

Trudeau, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron all oppose Trump's trade policies, and along with Mexico vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

But the US President recommended Russian Federation be re-invited into the club, insisting Moscow should have a seat at the table.

Russian Federation was suspended from the G8 after it annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

Also new is an ongoing USA federal investigation into whether Trump's associates co-operated in Russia's efforts to sway the 2016 presidential election.

New Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday he would try to promote "moderate" positions on trade tariffs at a Group of Seven summit where the contentious issue looks set to dominate talks among leaders.

She acknowledged that Canada and the USA have disagreed on significant issues in the past - such as the Vietnam and Iraq wars - and still have differences today when it comes to things like climate change and the steel and aluminum tariffs.

He mused to reporters at the White House in pre-departure remarks about allowing Russian Federation back into the G7.

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

Trump again railed against trade deficits with other countries and repeated that he may pursue separate negotiations with Canada and Mexico to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Putin said last month that the proposed summit between him and Trump was not working out for now and was beset by problems.

In response to Brilev's question as to whether he was concerned about the possibility that even if friendly relations were established between the two presidents, the U.S. may still put forward conditions unacceptable for Russia, Putin said that "it does not work with anyone".

Another posting says he is looking forward to straightening out unfair trade deals with the G7 countries.

Trump has made no secret of his reluctance to come to the Charlevoix summit, and now plans to leave the G7 a few hours early Saturday, after a breakfast with a gender equality advisory council, missing sessions on plastic pollution of the oceans climate change and energy policy.

"The president will travel directly to Singapore from Canada in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said in a statement.

European Council President Donald Tusk expressed broad concern about Trump's opposition to the global rules-based order, because it "is being challenged, quite surprisingly, not by the usual suspects but by its main architect and guarantor, the U.S".

The suggestion from Trump appeared to be an unnecessary early distraction from a host of other pressing issues pulling Washington and Western allies apart.

Trump has also feuded on Twitter this week with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are both attending this year's summit. "But now we are seeing that this is happening". "The rules-based global order is being challenged", Mr. Tusk said.

Tensions between the USA and its G7 partners over trade and the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal were rife ahead of the summit which had been dubbed by some as "G6 plus one", referring to an isolated US.

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