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

"I see this as an acknowledgement and an evaluation of Russia's efforts to develop a comprehensive strategic partnership with China", he said, making only passing mention of "our personal friendship".

This year's G7 summit comes at a time, when leaders of seven major economies view the current global order as a historic division between Washington and its major allies in North America, Europe and Asia.

Trump joined the leaders of major industrialized nations in an idyllic Canadian resort town after days of escalating conflict over new USA tariffs he slapped on imports of steel and aluminum.

Solidifying his solo status on the world stage, Trump also lashed out at longtime allies over their criticism of his trade policies.

Tension has been building over a year of policymaking that has distanced the U.S. from traditional allies, including by Trump's decisions to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement.

Macron and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who also sought friendship with Trump, made it clear they would prefer no consensus to a climbdown on trade.

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Before jumping on Air Force One to fly to Canada, which is hosting the summit in La Malbaie north of Quebec City, Trump called for a return to the body's pre-2014 "G8" formula.

Three decades after the end of the Cold War, the G7 nations are split over trade, climate and multilateral engagements such as the Iran nuclear deal.

During a call with Putin in March Trump was urged to discuss allegations of Russian meddling and to condemn a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy in England earlier this month.

Tur said to Ali Velshi, "It does kind of feel like Donald Trump is nearly out to create a new world order".

Xi noted that the importance of trade between the two countries is significant beyond its sheer volume due to the strategically important goods exchanged between China and Russian Federation including energy supplies, energy extraction hardware, new environmentally friendly technology, space exploration technology, aviation equipment, terrestrial transport technology and other heavy machinery.

Canada has countered with a plan to impose tariffs of its own on US metals and other consumer goods.

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Russian Federation supports China's proposal for a "dual track" and "suspension-for-suspension" approach that calls for North Korea to stop its nuclear and missile testing in exchange for a halt to joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea.

Trump took the action on the grounds that weak domestic industries could affect US national security.

Macron tweeted a short video of the two together, saying: "Sharing, reaching out, always, to promote the interests of the French people, and all those who believe in a world we can build together".

Trump has periodically called for closer ties with Russian Federation, although his administration's policy has included strong sanctions against Moscow. "The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", he tweeted.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met Thursday with Trump at the White House, where the focus was Trump's unprecedented meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, scheduled for Singapore next week.

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