Trump to skip G7 climate sessions following spat with Macron, Trudeau

Trump to skip G7 climate sessions following spat with Macron, Trudeau

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", Macron said. "The impact on Canada and ultimately on workers in the US won't be a laughing matter".

While there have been disputes over policy, analysts say the current dust-ups between the Trump administration and longtime USA allies point to a potential shift in global dynamics.

Trudeau's courting of Trump appeared to work for a time. The other six countries signed a sharp condemnation of the president's tariffs earlier this week. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 billion and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called President Trump's new tariffs "insulting" earlier this week, wondering why the USA was suddenly treating its Northern neighbor like a national security threat.

Later, Trump tweeted, "Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

At the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Macron and Trudeau, in addition to attending working sessions with all of the G-7 leaders.

Just hours before what's expected to be a combative Canadian debut at the G7 summit, Donald Trump accused his host Justin Trudeau of being "indignant" in an evening Twitter posting.

This marks Trump's second summit of the G-7, an informal gathering that meets every year under a rotating chairmanship. The European Union has said that it's maintaining low expectations for the outcome.


The U.S. and the rest of the G-7 countries depend on each other for security and as economic partners, so the governments will have incentives to find some common ground.

"The six countries of the G7 without the United States, are a bigger market taken together than the American market", Macron said.

The two leaders offered that olive branch to Trump ahead of his arrival at the G7 summit in Quebec on Friday, where disagreements on trade will be front and centre.

"Over the last 24 years, we've built a very integrated supply chain, which has been good for economy, good for consumers, good for workers on all sides".

The remarks are likely to create more cross-border economic uncertainty with the USA after Trump imposed stinging steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada, Mexico and Europe.

And White House officials are discussing ways to ramp up the penalties on Canada over Ottawas threat to levy tariffs next month on C$16.6 billion ($12.86 billion) in USA -made products, the Washington Post reported, citing unnamed officials. European allies have urged Trump to reconsider.

NAFTA is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America, which came into force on January 1, 1994.

Mr Altmaier also underlined the importance of European unity on free trade and economic interests, especially since domestic debate was continuing in the USA about punitive sanctions imposed by Mr Trump on G7 allies.

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