A Trump photo goes viral, and the world enters a caption contest

A Trump photo goes viral, and the world enters a caption contest

A Trump photo goes viral, and the world enters a caption contest

In posts on Twitter ahead of the summit, Trump lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Following an exchange of terse messages before the summit, the two leaders struck a conciliatory tone with Trump saying that the relationship was special, but that sometimes tests occur when it comes to trade.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled they will use the G7 event to take a stance against new USA tariffs on steel and aluminium imports.

He also singled out tariffs on U.S. dairy products in yet another scathing tweet directed at Canada just before the meeting.

Trump is unlikely to back away from the nationalistic policies that have frustrated and unnerved allies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal voters. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the USA leader said before boarding the presidential jet. "They all tried to hug him close, as we used to say about Blair and Bush". In addition to the US and Canada, the group includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

The remarks caused an immediate reaction from the G7's other leaders.

Trump advisers Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro nonetheless toed the presidential line, savaging Trudeau in Sunday show appearances over what Kudlow acknowledged were "things that the prime minister has said before, basically". In one picture, while the former U.S. president is seen engaging in talks with the experts, in the other picture he can be seen sharing a light moment with Angela Merkel with watching the European soccer match.


And he said he had told Trump that "it would be with regret but it would be with absolute clarity and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1, applying equivalent tariffs to the ones that the Americans have unjustly applied to us".

But this apparently spontaneous suggestion - rejected out of hand by the other allies - did not make it to the summit table, where instead the leaders confronted Trump's assault on the world trade system. The consensus documents typically outline a shared vision of global affairs, where the seven countries also undertake commitments on everything from currencies, development aid and worldwide security.

Unable to persuade Trump to consider ways to stay in the Iran nuclear deal, and stung by USA tariffs on European steel and aluminum, Macron appeared to be recalibrating his approach to Trump.

Merkel said the contentious meeting drives home the point she's made for more than a year: that the European Union needs to stand together to increase its clout on the world stage and that the United States is a less reliable partner.

And he promised a "frank and direct discussion" with Trump in Canada.

"America stands very much alone as they enter this G-7", Heather Conley, director of the Europe program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told reporters on a press call.

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