Donald Trump Meets the G-7

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he departs the White House in Washington, U.S., on his way to the G7 Summit in Canada, June 8, 2018. The member countries are Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, the United States and Britain. At the time, he mentioned he was open to renegotiating the pact, but other members expressed resistance to that idea.

Ms Merkel and Mr Trump also had a brief conversation at the summit but no bilateral meeting.

Summit host Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sided with his European and Japanese colleagues against the unpredictable United States leader and his "illegal" levies on steel and aluminum imports.

The summit comes amid a fractured moment for US alliances after the tariffs the USA imposed last week on Canada, Mexico and the European Union. During the private gathering, Europe's major economic powers pushed back hard against Trump's repeated assertions that the U.S.is a victim of unfair trade practices.

Trump has taken several measures that have infuriated fellow G7 nations, such as abandoning the Iran nuclear deal and backing out of the Paris climate accord.

Speaking on background, Canadian officials said Ottawa's position hasn't changed and they believe that Russia's illegal annexation and occupation of Crimea disqualifies Moscow from participation.

President Donald Trump is calling for Russian Federation to reinstated into the G7 among the world's largest economies.

Trump appeared to have taken notice and pushed back: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers", Trump said in a tweet.

The United States and European Union will establish a dialogue on trade within the next two weeks, a French official has said, signalling a modest step forward for bitterly divided allies at a Group of Seven summit in Canada.

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But Kudlow was quick to downplay the rift between the president and U.S. allies.

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

Nevertheless, Trump told reporters Friday that he has been "Russia's worst nightmare". And he emphasized a "good relationship" with French President Emmanuel Macron, saying they sometimes have a "little test" on trade, but predicting a positive outcome.

"There are questions about what is going to be the dynamic around the G7 table, and I can say it will be very similar to other G7 tables, where we highlight and discuss many things we're agreed on and have differences opinion on other things", Trudeau explained.

A quick prompt from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau produced an all-smiles photo of the G-7 leaders on Friday. "It it doesn't happen, we come out even better", he tweeted on Friday morning.

Trump, who met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington before the summit, may be more preoccupied with next week's historic nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte arrives in Canada for the G7. Canada, very unfairly. Mexico, very unfairly.

Russian Federation was suspended from the G-8 in March 2014 a week after Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Macron, who fêted Trump in France previous year with a lavish state visit in his honour, has been called a "Trump whisperer" - but he hasn't shied away from taking on Trump. He did not reply but Trump grinned broadly and said "he's happy" before appearing to stick out his tongue. The official said disagreements remain, particularly with the US on a number of issues, but the goal remains to reach agreement on all the big issues.

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