Trump on Talks with Trudeau: Relationship ‘Better Than It’s Ever Been’

Trump on Talks with Trudeau: Relationship ‘Better Than It’s Ever Been’

US President Donald Trump further broke ranks with Group of Seven allies Friday, calling for Russian expulsion from the bloc to end. "I think President Trump knows that".

"We should at least consider no tariffs, no barriers - scrapping all of it", Trump said, according to officials who were listening and taking notes.

Trump's comments come at a time when Trump is on the outs with other members of the G7.

For the past week, it was an open question in official Ottawa whether Trump would actually show up, given his recent trade actions against the other G7 countries and his increasingly antagonistic comments about their approach to global relations.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat, will represent the United States for the G7 sessions that Trump will skip Saturday.

But the friendship failed to keep Trump from leaving the Iran nuclear deal, a decision that will have major implications for French businesses wary of triggering USA sanctions on business with Tehran.

Earlier on Friday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS that the ministry is conducting preliminary work for a meeting between Putin and Trump.

"Getting ready to go to the G-7 in Canada to fight for our country on Trade (we have the worst trade deals ever made)", he tweeted. The Italian leader could turn out to be one of the friendliest faces for Trump at the G7 summit in Charlevoix, as his new populist government also stands for protectionist trade policies.

Russia was ousted from the elite group in 2014 as punishment for Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea, and its support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.

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As tempers frayed, Trump had a ready retort, via tweet: "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the USA massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers".

And let us not forget the American withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement a year ago.

Merkel said it was not clear whether the group would issue a final directive, adding that failure to do so would be an honest reflection of the lack of agreement among Canada, the United States, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

Fears of a looming trade war were heightened last week after all the G7 nations announced plans to retaliate against Trump's tariffs with tariffs of their own.

Canada's Trade Minister Francois Philippe Champagne was even more blunt, declaring: "What we are seeing is that the world economic order is under pressure, under attack". And swing he did on Twitter, responding to Macron's assertion that G7 nations would band together without the US. Three days after taking office, Trump formally withdrew the USA from another such landmark deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which the Obama administration negotiated with 11 Pacific rim nations.

"We need the President to be able to distinguish between our allies and adversaries, and to treat each accordingly", he said in a statement.

"Tensions mount. This G7 will be demanding", President Macron tweeted.

Officials from the European Union also attend the meetings.