France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump

France's Macron seeks to forge European front against Trump

Trade was a massive issue at this year's summit with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Trump butting heads.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a new interview Sunday that the European Union would implement counter-measures in response to President TrumpDonald John Trump McCain rips Trump over trade, tells allies: "Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn't" Head of Canada's auto parts industry association mocks Trump's threat of auto tariffs Dem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement MORE's decision to levy tariffs on the 28-member bloc.

Last week, Macron candidly criticized Trump's policies during a phone call over trade and immigration that turned sour, two sources told CNN.

He arrived behind schedule and planned an early leave from the G7 meeting today for Singapore, where he will attend the highly anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

"One risk is that others will take advantage of this apparent vacuum in American leadership and the lack of trans-Atlantic consensus and act in ways that will harm trans-Atlantic interests, whether it's Russian Federation in the Eurasia. or China in Asia", said Ian Lesser, of the German Marshall Fund.

A German finance minister spokesman said: "We have made significant progress with our French friends toward a reform proposal for the Eurozone and we will continue our talks".

The G7 nations are Canada, France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and Italy.

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

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The annual G-7 summit appeared to have weathered tensions over President Donald Trump's threats of a trade war.

And at the same time as western nations are at loggerheads, the U.S. president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington's traditional allies.

After a failure to get Trump to budge on the tariffs he placed against America's G7 allies, Justin Trudeau held a press conference in which he vowed retaliatory action. Trump will skip sessions on climate change and the environment.

"The other countries of the G6 are a larger market than the American market", Mr Macron said. "I'd even wish for that to happen - that two presidents meet for an extended period of time".

But Wright added: "There is a feeling, I think, over the last few months, that that approach has not borne fruit, and that they haven't really gotten anything for that friendly approach".

"A lot of people wrote a couple of things that weren't quite true - a little bit accurate, perhaps - we've had a little test every once in a while when it comes to trade", Trump said before the sit-down.

Indeed, how can you explain Trump's behavior toward Canada, our close neighbor and second-largest trading partner (almost equal to China), with whom we share a language, history, values and a peaceful border?

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