Trudeau, G7 leaders try warm, welcoming touch with combative Trump

Trudeau, G7 leaders try warm, welcoming touch with combative Trump

The G7 group consists of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the US.

Putting a fearless face on a failed effort by Trump to have Russian Federation readmitted to the world's most exclusive diplomatic club, Putin said the G-7, which ended a cantankerous summit meeting Saturday in Canada, represented fewer people and had less economic heft than the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).

"President Putin is the leader of a great country who is influential around the world", Xi said.

By doing so, Trump will skip meetings on climate change, energy policy and oceans.

Yet Trump wants them there, and other than his apparently desperate desire to hang out with Putin, it's hard to imagine why.

Even a boilerplate communiqué, which reiterated the rich nations' commitment to free and fair trade, was undermined at the last minute, when American president Donald Trump repudiated the agreement.

Given all the mischief Vladimir Putin creates, it can be easy to forget that Russian Federation is only the 12th-largest economy in the world, about 1/14th the size of the US. He added: "We have to straighten it out".

In Charlevoix, Trump held a brief one-on-one meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, according to press secretary Sarah Sanders.

"Let's leave the G7 as it is...it's a lucky number at least in our culture", he said. Trump wrote in one tweet.

"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.

Mr Putin, who has previously told Europe he had warned them about the trade threat Washington posed to them, also said that if Mr Trump imposed new tariffs on imports of foreign cars it would have serious consequences for the global economy and especially for Europe.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russian Federation would not be invited back to join the Group of Seven nations until it stops interfering in the affairs of other countries, rebuffing calls from US President Donald Trump for Moscow to return to group.

Macron and Trudeau both were expected to have formal meetings with Trump later in the day.

Earlier on Saturday, Trump told reporters it would be "very easy" to make the case for tariffs on auto imports using the rationale that they threaten national security. "And if it's not fixed, then we're not going to deal with these countries". "And we've made a lot of progress today", Trump said.

Previous G7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalization protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to United States flags and those of other G7 nations.

China and Russian Federation pledged to support each other on key global issues during a summit in Beijing on Friday, as the two sides hailed an "all-time high" in bilateral ties amid strained relations with the US. 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 taking questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

Trudeau said the G7 had agreed to an "ambitious" communique, but he acknowledged the leaders left La Malbaie without significantly transforming Trump's increasingly confrontational approach to trade. "Economic globalization and regional economic integration are the trend of the times", Xi said.

"As far as I know, the president of the United States said the U.S.is considering the possibility of regulating the additional supply of automotive equipment in the USA market", he said. Ali was convicted in 1967 of avoiding military service.

Ahead of the encounter, the allies made no secret of their anger at Trump's stance, pointed starkly to fears that he is undermining the rules-based world order and driving former United States friends into a damaging trade war.

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