Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russian Federation

In fact, the simmering USA trade dispute with its G7 partners - Japan included - didn't even warrant a mention during Abe's joint news conference with Trump, allowing the president to project an aura of global statesmanship sure to be tested in Quebec's scenic Charlevoix region.

Trump, speaking on the South Lawn before boarding the Marine One helicopter, said that while "I have been Russia's worst nightmare..."

"Trump said he was attending the G7 summit to "[straighten] out unfair Trade Deals" with Canada, France and other close us allies, he tweeted early Friday. It returned to its original make-up after Russian Federation was expelled from the-then G8 over the annexation of Crimea in 2014. He was making a passing reference to the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and possible collusion with Trump's presidential campaign. Trump will then head to Singapore ahead of his highly-anticipated meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday.

"President Trump will depart the G-7 Summit at Charlevoix at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on Women's Empowerment. If it doesn't happen, we come out even better", Trump wrote Friday on Twitter, before leaving the White House.

Like other countries attending the summit, May has criticized US tariffs, saying on Thursday that the United Kingdom seeks to be "a great champion for free trade around the world".

"If we don't react to this unilateral and illegal decision from the USA this would not be correct", Macron said at a joint news conference.

On Wednesday, the European Union announced $3 billion worth of tariffs on US products in retaliation would go into effect next month. French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday on Twitter, "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be". Only if they decide on action that causes America economic pain, and him political difficulty, is he likely to take their interests into account. The fact is that the US-Canada trade is nearly equal, and if you count both goods and services, it is the US that runs the surplus.

"Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the United States massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers..."

Trump, for his part, has argued that the European Union countries and Canada have imposed tariffs on U.S. goods for years to the detriment of United States farmers and factories, though he did not mention any specific regulations. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", he said.

Patrick Doyle/The Canadian Press Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron walk down the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on June 7, 2018.

Mr Trudeau has described the U.S. claim that the tariff decision was taken on national security grounds as "insulting". We do know, however, that Trump sees no value in having a group of allies get together to discuss the challenges they face in the world today.

The summit last took place in Sicily, Italy, and will be hosted by the U.K.in 2019.

Merkel said it was not clear whether the group would issue a final directive, adding that failure to do so would be an honest reflection of the lack of agreement among Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany. And a former White House official, who attended meetings between the pair, confirmed the frosty relationship: "No offence, but she is basically a school mistress". 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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