Macron v. Trump: French President Threatens To Rebuke US At Summit

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"And I think on trade, there is a critical path, there is a way to progress altogether", Macron said, speaking in English.

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

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

The remarks caused an immediate reaction from the G7's other leaders.

The imprint of French President Emmanuel Macron's thumb can be seen across the back of U.S. President Donald Trump's hand after they shook hands during a bilateral meeting at the G7 Summit in in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, June 8, 2018.

Trump fired back at Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on social media before departing for the summit, asking "Why isn't the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the USA?" Trump said in a second tweet.

"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.

Typically billed as a gathering aimed at fostering global cooperation, this year's G7 meeting is held in the shadow of a looming trade war between old allies, with heated exchanges between leaders of US, France and Canada.

Before jumping on Air Force One to fly to Canada, which is hosting the summit in La Malbaie north of Quebec City, Trump called for a return to the body's pre-2014 "G8" formula.

Ahead of the encounter, the allies made no secret of their anger at Trump's stance, pointed starkly to fears that he is undermining the rules-based world order and driving former United States friends into a damaging trade war.

In 2014, the G-7 expelled Russian Federation from what was then the Group of Eight nations in protest at Moscow's annexation of Crimea, southern Ukraine.

Trump argued that Moscow was too important to isolate.

A German official said that if Trump declines to sign a communique, it won't be the end of the G-7, but it would be a worrisome signal.

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".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly criticized Trump in recent days, calling the move "totally unacceptable".

Trump was the last G7 leader to arrive and will probably be the first to leave on Saturday when he sets off for his nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

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