Germany inching toward French position on eurozone, Macron says


According to media reports, even as late as Thursday afternoon, Trump was rethinking his presence at the G7 meeting, telling advisers that there would be no point in attending the event since the U.S. would be outnumbered on key issues. "And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether", Macron said, speaking in English.

"We have massive trade deficits with nearly every country".

"According to a Canada release, they make nearly 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with USA (guess they were bragging and got caught!)".

In an interview Sunday on German public television, Merkel also says European leaders won't be "taken advantage of" on trade.

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

"We have a very really good relationship, very special", said Trump who recently hosted Macron for a state visit - the first since the American president came to power.

European Council President Donald Tusk, who will attend the meeting of EU leaders, said in the New York Times this week "Europe must now do everything in its power to protect the trans-Atlantic bond, in spite of today's mood".

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Trump further broke ranks with Group of Seven allies before departing for the bloc's summit in Canada, saying its 2014 decision to suspend Russian Federation from the group of the world's most advanced economies - after Moscow annexed Ukraine's Crimea region - should be reversed. Trump said the tariffs are necessary for national security.

He made the comment at the White House yesterday after hours of further escalating his rhetoric against long-time allies over U.S. trade practices.

Trump argued that Moscow was too important to isolate.

Navarro calls that a "socialist communique" that Trump pulled out of.

Trump wasted little time in launching a retaliatory Twitter strike, tweeting out hours later that Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

During a news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Macron was asked about a CNN report on Monday saying that a phone call between him and Trump last week had been "terrible".

He arrived late at the summit site in Quebec, and he's already announced he will leave the party early, probably missing a meeting on climate change.