Trump says Russian Federation should be at G7 meeting, Moscow not so sure
Jun 09 2018
President Donald Trumpsaid Russian Federation should be allowed back into the G8 bloc as he left the White House Friday for 24 hours of trade talks with allies where he intends to press his case that the US loses through poor economic deals negotiated by his predecessors.
Macron said the message of other G7 leaders to Trump on the Iran deal should be: "You're not comfortable with an agreement signed by your predecessor, maybe just because it was signed by your predecessor, but don't stop others from respecting it and don't push Iran to leave, because today it's the best protection we have".
For its part, Russian Federation allows China to show the USA that it has "other options" in global negotiations, she said.
The decision to kick out Russian Federation was in response to Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014, which was widely denounced as a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
In the USA, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation in a bid to sway the 2016 presidential election in his favor.
Still, Trump's gambit may further inflame tensions with other leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May. Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7 as an advocate for freer global trade, instead pushing more protectionist policies.
But a spokesman for the host of this year's summit, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said Canada remains opposed to re-admitting Russian Federation. It also recently kicked off a trade investigation that could trigger additional tariffs on imported cars.
The comments also appear to have caught his own administration off-guard.
Trump joined the leaders of major industrialized nations in an idyllic Canadian resort town after days of escalating conflict over new USA tariffs he slapped on imports of steel and aluminum.
President Trump said he expects something will happen on trade, and that it will be positive.
Li said that leaders of the two countries have developed a personal friendship.
Despite the current G7 turmoil, Tusk said more unites the group than divides it.
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.
"The president will travel directly to Singapore from Canada in anticipation of his upcoming meeting with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders said in a statement.
"Both share skepticism towards American hegemony and distrust United States intentions, both are authoritarian personalistic rulers", he said.
"Both countries really use their relationship to showcase [that] there is an alternative to the American hegemony, and they've been doing that for a while even before Trump", she said.