Trump calls for end to Russian expulsion from G7

Lloyd Doyle
June 9, 2018

Suddenly, the U.S. President was spit-balling about a diametrically opposed idea - readmitting Mr. Putin, booted from the group four years ago after Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Before arriving at the meeting of the group, which some suggest Trump is pushing from the Group of Seven into "G-6 plus one", he further stirred the pot by asking why Russian Federation was excluded. "Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors requested that the United States Secretary of the Treasury communicate their unanimous concern and disappointment".

Meanwhile, White House also noted in a press release that Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and their respective delegations are close to strike a NAFTA deal.

"We will continue to demonstrate that we're interested in defending Canadian interests and, on top of that, it turns out I'm defending American interests because these tariffs they're putting forward are going to hurt American workers as well", Trudeau said Thursday.

Trump said that while he had "been Russia's worst nightmare", the country should be invited to the global summit to be "at the negotiating table".

While Italy's new premier Giuseppe Conte, head of a populist coalition, had suggested he supports Trump's call, French President Emmanuel Macron assembled the European G7 leaders before the summit and confirmed unanimous opposition.

We were already expecting the president to clash with his allies over trade, but Trump is feeding those frictions with a series of tweets ahead of the summit.

Such a sweeping end to tariffs and trade barriers is typically the result of a landmark free trade agreement.

Trump, who was expected to play the role of a spoiler, will also be absent from that. On Friday morning, he appeared in no hurry to leave for Canada, walking out of the White House more than half an hour late and answering questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes. Vladimir Putin was kicked out in 2014 for annexing Crimea.

"We need the president to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly".

Trump said he hoped a final summit communique would be agreed, although it was clear that any joint statement would be unable to paper over significant differences between the sides.

"We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade". He declared, "We have to straighten it out".

"Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things.but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300 percent on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

Mr Trump's imposition of tariffs on steel and aluminium imports has sparked anger, with even U.S. allies falling subject to them.

Trump was referring to the retaliatory tariffs Canada slapped on the USA on a number of items totaling about $16.6 billion worth.

European and Asian stocks indices were down across the board Friday - despite a week of gains in the wake of robust United States jobs data and easing political headwinds in Italy and Spain.

He has called Trump's imposition of the tariffs "irresponsible" and "insulting" because the two countries have fought as allies in Second World War, Korea and Afghanistan.

The annual G-7 (Group of Seven) meeting is scheduled to take place in Quebec, Canada, on Friday and Saturday. Later the leaders were to tuck into a dinner of lobster, asparagus and maple leaves nestled on a brioche at the end of the first day of talks.

But a small group of around 400 protesters had gathered in the provincial capital anyway on Thursday night, and were confronted by a large police operation to contain them.

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