A hat trick for Trump's presidential legacy

The G7 Leaders Vs. Trump Who Will Save The World From Him? featured image

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But, he said, the USA could no longer tolerate "brutal" deals, even threatening to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement if he didn't get his way.

The fraught, contentious summit was like none other in memory, upending decades of global cooperation on trade and policy with America's most steadfast allies, from Canada, Japan and Europe.

Although Macron was given the honor of the first state visit of the Trump era in April, one of the most enduring images of the trip was when Trump brushed some flecks of dandruff off the Frenchman's jacket in the White House.

Despite Mr Trump's actions, the UK, France and Germany have insisted they will stand by the commitments made at the summit.

"The U.S.is officially in a trade war with Canada", Buzzfeed reporter David Mack wrote in response to Trump's tweet.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I would say that the level of relationship is a 10.

The picture, snapped Saturday by German government photographer Jesco Denzel, shows a standing Merkel with her hands firmly planted on a table staring down at Trump, who is seated with his arms folded and eyes glaring. "We're not looking to play games", Trump said.

When a CNN reporter asked Trump to respond to a question about whether he had sowed division in the G7 in what many have described as a G6-plus-one scenario, the president excoriated the reporter for perpetuating "fake news". "We're like the piggy bank that everybody is robbing".

He also defended the wisdom of his controversial tariffs, saying that the USA would win a trade war against its allies because "they do so much more business with us than we do with them".

A proposal by United States President Donald Trump, that Russian Federation should re-join the annual gathering of the seven advanced economies of the world has caused tensions within the group, with the proposal not having been well received by the remainder of the group's leaders.

Trump fired back at the world leaders, attacking both Trudeau and Macron on Twitter the day before the summit.

Reacting to Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau's office said: "We are focused on everything we accomplished here at the summit".

"We had extremely productive discussions over the need to have fair and reciprocal - meaning the same - people can't charge us 270 per cent and we charge them nothing".

"You go tariff-free, you go barrier-free, you go subsidy-free".

Trump and Kim are expected to meet in Singapore on Tuesday with talks focusing on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The United States' closest trading partners - the EU, Canada and Mexico - have vowed to impose retaliatory tariffs on scores of USA products beginning in the coming weeks. Trump has been open on his desires for better relations with Moscow.

Talks to modernize NAFTA, which started last August, have effectively stalled as Canada and Mexico resist USA demands for major changes such as the sunset clause and boosting the North American content of autos made in the three nations.

He also denied the summit had been contentious, a remark that contradicted what one G7 official described as an "extraordinary" exchange on Friday in which Trump repeated a list of trade grievances, mainly concerning the European Union and Canada.

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