Trump calls Trudeau ’indignant’ ahead of G7 summit

Trump calls Trudeau ’indignant’ ahead of G7 summit

He has mused about finding new ways to punish the northern neighbour in recent days, frustrated with the country's retaliatory trade moves.

"We think that demonstrating the strength of NAFTA as a solid community as we take on the world is very much in all three of our advantages, and we're going to continue to negotiate that way".

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.

Trudeau also spoke by phone Thursday with Giuseppe Conte, Italy's new prime minister, and British Prime Minister Theresa May.

The French president added that he and Trump would have a "frank" exchange at the G-7 summit in Canada later this week, which leads me to conclude that perhaps Macron was just craving hot dogs that day. Trump was also enraged for several days before the cancelled trip to South America about the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids on Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer.

US stocks, apart from those of steel and aluminum producers, have fallen sharply in response to Trump's announcements of tariffs and other measures against trading partners.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Trump at the White House on Thursday where the focus was Trump's unprecedented meeting with the North Korean leader scheduled for Singapore next week.

At the start of the Trump's presidency, many foreign leaders worked to develop cordial relationships with him, hoping that it would help to make Trump more willing to compromise on some of his more contentious campaign promises.

Furthermore, he prefers visiting places where he is feted - such as on his trips previous year to Riyadh, Beijing and Paris - over attending summits where the attending leaders are treated as equals.

Trudeau is expected to hold one-on-one meetings with all of the attending countries' leaders, the official said, although he did not answer directly when asked by reporters if a communique would be issued at the end of the summit. Trump wrote in a Twitter message on Thursday.

Up until now, the German government has largely adopted a policy of quiet disapproval in Trump's direction, but Maas broke the silence ahead of the G7 summit in Canada, which begins Friday.

While the Trump administration has characterized their rift as a family quarrel, his fellow leaders appear to be itching for a fight with a U.S. president - the G7's traditional patriarch - during the two-day summit in the Canadian countryside. "Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true global force".

Germany has suggested making accommodations over trade with the USA for fear of triggering a ratcheting up of tensions over cars that would embroil companies like BMW and Mercedes.

The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs.

The US president also has frosty relations with Trudeau, the summit host.

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