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Leaders against Russia's return

Canadian leaders oppose Trump proposal to reinstate Russia in G7

France released a statement on Sunday condemning President Donald Trump for withdrawing from a previously agreed-upon statement by all seven nations in the Group of Seven.

Her comments came amid an escalating fallout from a contentious meeting between Trump and other world leaders at the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit in Canada over the weekend.

In addition to the late arrival, the White House announced Thursday night that Trump will leave the G7 summit early, skipping sessions on climate and clean energy.

It would mark a rare break in protocol for the group.

"Don't blame Trump", Kudlow said.

Just like Canada, the European Union is preparing counter-measures against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, Merkel said.

Previous G-7 summits have seen large-scale anti-globalisation protests, but Trump was a main target of the demonstration as masked anarchists set fire to U.S. flags and those of other G-7 nations.

"We are in agreement that a return of Russian Federation to the G-7 can not happen unless substantial progress is made in terms of the problems with Ukraine", Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Instead, Canada's expected to issue a chair's summary of the meeting. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade".

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", he said.

Nearly 18 months into Trump's presidency, Merkel's comments offered renewed evidence of Germany's struggle to adapt to an upended relationship with the US. "After a long day of work and very direct dialogue, we are actively seeking an ambitious agreement", an English translation of Macron's tweet reads.

The G-7 summit was coming down to the wire.

"We asked him about that", she told Anne Will, adding that his answers "did not sound convincing" to her.

A senior government official meanwhile said May would warn that countermeasures from the European Union would be unavoidable unless tensions were eased quickly.

Bolton's caption suggests the leaders were discussing tariffs.

"There are still good reasons to fight for the trans-Atlantic partnership", Merkel said Sunday, hedging that the European Union shouldn't "imprudently" follow the United States.

It's an idea that has the support of Macron and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, a French official said.

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 has long argued that the United States is trapped in a number of trade deals that put the country at a competitive disadvantage.

"In a culture of open discussion, it's possible that we don't agree on all points", Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Friday.

Merkel has repeatedly called for a strengthening of the World Trade Organisation and for the establishment of mechanisms aimed at preventing future trade disputes. It was unclear if the technical talks were part of her initiative.

"We won't allow ourselves be ripped off again and again".