President Donald Trump’s attacks on the European Union and Canada ahead of the G-7 meeting in Canada on Friday have reached a boiling point and our allies have had enough.
Trump has imposed heavy tariffs on steel and aluminium imports in a bid to rebuild America’s industry, targeting nations from key G7 allies such as Canada, Japan and the EU while trying to build up Russia’s influence ion the world.
Emmanuel Macron, the French president who has attempted to establish a warm personal relationship with Trump, said the other G7 nations would not surrender meekly to the US president and suggested the G7 could function as six nations instead of seven.
“Maybe the American president doesn’t care about being isolated today, but we don’t mind being six, if needs be,” Mr. Macron said, according to The Independent. “Because these six represent values, represent an economic market, and more than anything, represent a real force at the international level today,” he added.
Previous U.S. presidents have lobbied for freer global trade and championed a trading system which required countries to follow WTO rules.
By contrast, Trump’s policies are unapologetically confrontational.
The US president is expected to leave the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, early to fly to Singapore for his historic meeting with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un, on Tuesday.