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Trump torpedoes G7 effort to ease trade spat, threatens auto tariffs

Retired US Army colonel levels stunning accusation about Trump's relationship with Putin Trump wants Russia to rejoin G-7
Gerardo Duncan | 13 June, 2018, 05:25

"It is not something we are even remotely interested in looking at, at this time", he said.

Trump's comments on agriculture, his imposition of steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as broader disagreements on trade, climate change and the USA withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, are setting the stage for some tense G7 talks once Trump arrives at the summit in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

He said a personal meeting with Trump would help both countries, whose relations have plunged to their lowest ebb in decades after a series of tit-for-tat sanctions and diplomatic expulsions.

"We can differently assess decisions that are taken by the United States, including by the USA president".

Noting that Russian Federation and other members of the Eurasian Economic Union "also have disputes and do not unanimously sign everything at the same time", he played down the furor over Trump's undiplomatic diplomacy: "We can see that there are internal problems there". But he downplayed the tension, saying, "When it all straightens out, we'll all be in love again".

Trump's remarks were the latest show of disunity between the US and the other six nations meeting at a resort on the Saint Lawrence River this weekend. SCO nations may discuss the potential of a joint free-trade area, she said.

"Let's leave the G7 as it is...it's a lucky number at least in our culture", he said. They are also a fresh reminder that efforts by other leaders to woo Trump in hopes of swaying his opinion have been largely unsuccessful.

Mnuchin said Russia's "malign" activities included cyber intrusion into the USA energy grid and other infrastructure; an internet-chewing worm called Notpetya that cost several global conglomerates millions of dollars in damages; and the tracking of and possible interference with undersea communications cables that carry most of the world's telecommunications data.

The conflict fueled speculation about a decisive shift in these global alliances toward what some have called the "G-6 plus one" — a reference to the US standing alone — and appeared to mark a turning point in Trump's relationships with longtime allies.

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Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal" application of tariffs.

The English-language Twitter of account of the Communist Party's People's Daily newspaper posted photos of a tense scene in La Malbaie, Quebec, and another of Xi and Putin smiling, with the caption, "G7 vs SCO: two meetings on the same day".

In the days leading up to the summit, Trudeau and Macron have severely criticized Trump's new tariffs, which critics say threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.

"Our relationship is very good".

Speaking to AFP in Lithuania's capital Vilnius, senior Iranian official Massoumeh Ebtekar said Iran hoped European powers, Russian Federation and China would confirm their willingness to uphold the deal "as soon as possible because Iran can not wait forever". "We'll see how it all works out, but we've made a lot of progress".

China and Russian Federation pledged to support each other on key global issues during a summit in Beijing on Friday, as the two sides hailed an "all-time high" in bilateral ties amid strained relations with the US. On Friday morning, he appeared in no hurry to leave for Canada, walking out of the White House more than half an hour late and taking questions from reporters for almost 20 minutes.

The French president did have some private time with Trump before the summit officially started.

The Russian government also appeared to snub Trump's idea. Ali was convicted in 1967 of avoiding military service. According to Ryabkov, the USA shares this stance.

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