Trump deepens G7 divide with call to readmit Russia - International


"The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be", Macron wrote.

"You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run and the G7, which used to be the G8, they threw Russia out, they can let Russia come back in, because we should have Russia at the negotiating table", Trump told reporters before leaving Washington.

Leaders of the G7 nations spent hunting for a face saving formula to mask the deep rift inflicted on the Western alliance by US President Donald Trump's assault on global trade rules.

The US President looked uncomfortable throughout the breakfast meeting.

When Trump met with Macron in France previous year, the two shared an intense handshake that saw both men clench their fists until their knuckles turn white.

Set to begin on Saturday in picturesque rural Quebec, the 44th meeting of the Group of Seven - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. - is off to a rocky start.

"We spent two days to obtain a text and commitments".

When May first visited the White House, he gripped her hand as they went down a slope.

Emmanuel Macron says, "We had a very direct and open discussion and I thought a willingness on all the sides to find an agreement and have a win-win approach for our people, our workers, our middle classes". "They should let Russian Federation come back in because we should have Russian Federation at the negotiating table", the USA leader said before boarding the presidential jet.

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Trump also complained about German tariffs on US automobiles and the ease with which German carmakers can sell into the American market.

"What Donald Trump is doing isn't exactly celebrated across the USA", he said.

"The six other G7 countries combined form a larger market than the American market", Macron said.

Macron represents not the only formerly friendly relationship that Trump's tariffs have soured.

Macron also reportedly threatened not to sign the official G7 communique unless the U.S. was willing to make serious concessions on trade.

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".

The G7 summit in La Malbaie, Canada, is set to take place over Friday and Saturday.

Trump shot back at Macron and Trudeau in a tweet on Thursday. A Canadian official said Trump and Trudeau discussed accelerating NAFTA talks.