Trump Calls for Russia to Be Readmitted to G-7

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The two spoke with media on Friday ahead of a private meeting - and the topic of tariffs inevitably came up. Trump has accused Canada of ripping off the United States through unfair trade practices, and Canadian officials have said Trump is using inaccurate information to attack a USA ally.

The relationship has reportedly frayed to the point where Trump was considering sending Vice President Mike Pence to the G7 summit in his place, according to a Washington Post report.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed on Thursday to confront U.S. President Donald Trump over his tariffs on steel and aluminum, which Macron called "unilateral and illegal".

"There are disagreements. He's sticking to his guns". And I'll tell you what, it's what I do. "Ongoing negotiations are a good sign and are certainly better than a tariff war".

In one of the following messages concerning the meeting, Trump once again mentioned "unfair trade practices", affecting, as he described, the United States. "It will start first of all to hurt US workers". His predecessors pressed for freer global trade and championed a trading system that required countries to follow World Trade Organization rules.

Macron is scheduled to meet one-on-one with Trump during the G7, and the Twitter barbs could be a prelude for an awkward confrontation. After an early morning Twitter posting that said he was, "Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made)" he piled on later in the evening with more.

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"We will also obviously have some very robust discussions on trade", Trudeau said.

Canada charges the USA a 270% tariff on Dairy Products!

Host Canada and its European allies are striving to put together a united front to oppose Trump's tariffs of aluminum, steel, cars and other exports, but the markets are rattled. In addition, China would buy more US crude oil and natural gas exports to quench its thirst for energy.

The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs.

Last month, Trump violated and withdrew from the Iranian nuclear agreement, going against the wishes of the rest of the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, Germany, and the United Kingdom) countries who are all signatories to the deal. If the administration treats allies as enemies it will turn European anger into rage.

Conte's statement is one of the earliest clues as to what the new Italian government's foreign policy will be as Conte, who was sworn in one week ago, attends his first worldwide meeting.

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The president repeated his tough stance on tariffs, saying allies had been "taking advantage" of the United States on trade.

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

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, a leader who is usually friendly with Trump, implied that the liberal worldwide alliance doesn't need the United States to make a deal.

The G7, or "Group of Seven", is now made up of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan.

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