U.S. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were all jokes and smiles for the media as they met at the Group of Seven leaders summit in Quebec on Friday, but neither budged on the serious trade dispute between them.
Despite the smiles and handshakes, an uneasy first day at the G-7 summit in La Malbaie Quebec Friday.
Top U-S allies scrambled to salvage the summit while U-S president Donald Trump put his grievances on trade center stage, fracturing what is normally a moment of unity between the world’s economic powers-to the point where it’s possible there won’t even be a final statement from all the attendees…
Trump tried to lighten the mood friday with the summit host.
TRUMP SOT: “Justin agreed to lift all tariffs…”
If only that were so.
Trump turned heads last week by slapping steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and the E-U, provoking retaliation and widespread worry of a brewing trade war…and he didn’t let up.
TRUMP SOT: “We’re going to deal with the unfair trade practices.”
Trump’s confrontational rhetoric put him at odds with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada-two of his closest allies.
Trump’s didn’t help matters by saying Russia should be invited back to the yearly summit after being kicked out following its annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Germany’s Angela Merkel floated creating a mechanism to resolve trade differences with the U-S and fix future ones…but overall it was an uncomfortable day around the bargaining table
Trump will leave the summit about 4 hours early Saturday to fly to Singapore for his summit meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un…