Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

American-French relations appear to be back on track

American-French relations appear to be back on track

A photo of US President Donald Trump locking eyes with the leaders of France, Germany and Britain at the G7 summit quickly went viral, sparking heated discussions on social media and making headlines in mass media as well.

Trump was reacting to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Saturday that Canada would retaliate for Trump's proposed new tariffs.

May - whose government has accused Russian Federation of being behind the poisoning of a former spy in Britain earlier this year - said that the G7 had to be convinced that Moscow had changed. "I think this is the part that the White House is underappreciating". "In the interest of all".

The remaining six leaders are intent on bending Trump's ear before the President departs early for his talks in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The final document of the G7 summit in Canada's Quebec can be signed without the participation of US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron says.

Before the president arrived at the summit, he criticized Canadian tariffs on USA dairy products, adding that he was "looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries".

"We will try to see if we can stop this from happening..."

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

"Don't blame Trump", Kudlow said. A Canadian official said Trump and Trudeau discussed accelerating NAFTA talks. France's President Emmanuel Macron also put a courageous face on the encounter.

Trump responded on Twitter: "Based on Justin's false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!" "$800 Billion Trade Deficit..."

Later, the USA president tweeted: "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the USA and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn't bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy - hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

The US President addressed the subject of worldwide trade during an impromptu news conference at the summit Saturday, saying that he did not want to see other countries take advantage of the US over trade.

In the USA version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

One Twitter user named Nick Wenmaekers tweeted that Macron won "the handshake game".

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said. And add to that the fact that the USA pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting many of these same countries that rip us off on Trade (they pay only a fraction of the cost-and laugh!).

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