Trump's effort to isolate us from the world is going great
Jun 09 2018 by Desiree Burns
For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to worldwide relations. We will straighten that out. "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table".
The group suspended Russia's membership after its annexation of Crimea. He was making a passing reference to the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections and possible collusion with Trump's presidential campaign.
The premier's governing style is a total unknown, since he had never held public office before being appointed a compromise prime minister by Italy's governing coalition. "France and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation - this is ridiculous to think that they could be a threat to the United States' security", Trudeausaid.
It has also been suggested that Mr Trump had not been keen to attend the summit at all, with expected criticism and his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un looming. He spent Friday participating in the rituals of the G-7, including the formal greeting by host Trudeau, a group photo in front of the sparkling St. Lawrence River and a working lunch of Arctic char and buckwheat salad.
The tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense face-to-face meetings here once Trump arrives Friday at the Quebec summit.
The Italian prime minister was due to meet the leaders of France, Germany and the UK before the main summit in a session seen as a European "huddle" created to present a united front to President Trump, who has imposed trade tariffs on the EU and disagrees with the bloc over a nuclear deal with Iran.
He called Canadian PM Justin Trudeau "indignant" and took aim at French President Macron as well.
When Trudeau complained to Trump about the new tariffs he slapped on Canadian goods, saying he was especially upset that the pretext Trump used was that Canada formed a "national security threat" to the US, Trump replied, "didn't you guys burn down the White House?". Moreover, later news came that Trump had not only mentioned the possibility of a meeting but also invited Putin to Washington.
Up until now, the German government has largely adopted a policy of quiet disapproval in Trump's direction, but Maas broke the silence ahead of the summit, which began on Friday.
Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne was even more blunt, declaring: "What we are seeing is that the world economic order is under pressure, under attack".
"Canada will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal and absolutely unjustified application of tariffs on steel and aluminum", Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Friday.
But Russia appeared to turn down Trump's suggestion.
"Because we want President Trump to be strong and successful in his negotiation with North Korea, we want the global community to be credible on the Iranian nuclear program".