Foreign Leaders Burned by Trump

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French President Emmanuel Macron has warned the US "not to start a trade war between friends", as US President Donald Trump said he was heading to Canada for Friday's G7 summit "to fight for our country on trade". There's this meeting coming up in Singapore that Trump is much more interested in making than hanging around Quebec listening to 6 allies chew his ear off for going it alone on trade and climate change.

Macron made initial headway in forming a public friendship with Trump, but has failed to sway the U.S. leader on any issue, while Merkel has been distracted by coalition negotiations.

"I've been firm, I've been clear, but I don't think descending into insults is right for the way Canada engages with the world", the prime minister said.

But officials from the three countries have been unable to find consensus on several critical issues, leading to finger-pointing between Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in recent days.

"We focus on other formats", TASS quoted Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

Despite the backslaps and bro-hugs, parades and state dinners, Japan's Shinzo Abe, France's Emmanuel Macron and Canada's Justin Trudeau are finding out the hard way that flattery is a one-way street with Trump, according to Politico. The Crimea annexation in 2014 resulted in the leading world powers excluding Russian Federation from the club and becoming the G-7 again.

Trump also repeatedly insists that the United States runs a large trade deficit with Canada, importing more goods from that country than it sells to its northern neighbor.

Nothing US President Donald Trump is doing will "make the world better, safer or more peaceful", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung on Friday.

The two leaders talked on the phone last week after Trump announced USA tariffs on European goods. Trump tweeted on Friday.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, announced on Thursday that Trump will leave the resort in Charlevoix (where all the events are taking place) at 10.30 am on Saturday, well before the Summit officially concludes later that day, reports The New York Times.

Trump will skip out on G-7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection. It is been reported that, in a phone call between the two leaders, Mr Trump wrongly accused Canada of "burning down the White House in 1812" as partial justification.

While trade is not officially on the agenda of the G-7 summit, there is a theme called "economic growth that works for everyone".

The Trump administration's claims that its trade is tied to national security is less of a hard fact than a political argument.

Canada, Mexico and the European Union have separately announced retaliatory tariffs.

"If I can get the president to actually realize that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way", Trudeau said. "But Russia should be in the meeting, should be a part of it".

Mexico said it would impose import duties on $3 billion worth of US products, including cheese, bourbon, pork and others, making good on its threats that it would retailiate for USA tariffs on steel and aluminum. Trump, who was expected to play the role of a spoiler, will also be absent from that.

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