Trump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore

Trump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore

Trump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump, who is due to attend the leaders' meeting in the Canadian province of Quebec, imposed tariffs last week of 25 percent on steel and 10 percent on aluminium from Canada, the European Union and Mexico, citing national security reasons.

Likewise, Macron described the moment as a period of "great challenges", but also defended his efforts to befriend the American president, saying the a historical ally and "we need them".

Trump, who aides say has little interest in multilateralism, twice attacked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter on Thursday and officials concede the mood is likely to be exceptionally tense.

"I think they will express their concern, probably more individually than as a group, quietly", said James Blanchard, a former US ambassador to Canada for former President Bill Clinton.

Sanders did not say whether the dispute between Trump and his fellow G-7 leaders had anything to do with the decision to depart for Singapore days before his summit with Kim.

Donald Trump is due to fly into Quebec on Friday morning for a G7 meeting which, even before it has begun, is already on the way to being the most acrimonious in the summit's history.

White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow holds a news briefing about the upcoming G7 meetings in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House June 6, 2018 in Washington, DC.

The summit has already been dubbed the "G6 plus one" due to Mr Trump's isolation over trade and his decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal.

"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.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

The U.S. president has ramped up his criticism of U.S. trading partners, particularly Canada, and demanded major concessions from Canada as well as Mexico in the slow-moving talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement. "So, when you talk about this issue you have to look at reality - the reality is that over the last 24 years we have built a very integrated supply chain, which has been good for (the) economy, good for consumers, good for workers on all sides". Trump may have less to fear than slow-growing Europe and Japan from a trade war in terms of economic losses if the "G6" pushes back on tariffs.

Trump is set to hold the first meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader on June 12. Canada is waiting until the end of the month to apply them with the hope the Trump administration will reconsider. Those nations are threatening new tariffs of their own on USA goods.

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