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G-7 split over Trump's call to bring Russian Federation back into club

G-7 split over Trump's call to bring Russian Federation back into club

Emmanuel Macron has warned Donald Trump about "fits of anger" after the USA president refused to endorse a joint communique of G7 leaders.

Although Trump said the tariffs are necessary to protect USA industry and workers, Canada and the European Union have denounced them as illegal and are preparing retaliation, raising the prospect of a tit-for-tit escalation.

But within minutes of the official summit communiqué, Trump lashed out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accusing him of making "false statements" during the closing news conference. "In the interest of all".

The response from Mr Macron suggests an end to what observers had noted was a budding "bromance" between the French president and Mr Trump.

Mr Trump tweeted: "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..."

Trump told reporters he pressed for "fair and reciprocal" trade practices at the G-7 meeting in Canada, urging his foreign counterparts to eliminate all tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies in their trading practices.

The photo was also posted on Twitter by Trump's national security adviser John Bolton, who stated that the USA president's posture sent a message to other G7 countries that the United States will no longer be their bank.

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The French president's office said in a statement: "International co-operation can not be dictated by fits of anger and throwaway remarks".

The plan, first reported by the United States news magazine The New Yorker, aims to strengthen the European Union and assess whether the changes enacted by Mr. Trump are part of a structural shift in U.S. foreign policy. The U.S. president is staring back, arms crossed, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looks on with his arms also crossed.

Trump, during the summit, insisted that Russian Federation should be a part of the group, leaving many to wonder why the USA president is going out of his way to include Vladimir Putin in the group.

Mr Trump's strained relationship with the rest of the G7 was in evidence on Saturday when he arrived late for the opening session, with Mr Trudeau addressing a gathering that included an empty chair where the president was meant to be. Andrea Nahles, the leader of Ms. Merkel's coalition partner, the center-left Social Democrats, was openly and personally critical of Mr. Trump. Across a narrow table, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron are standing, holding copies of a draft text, arguing for their position. A subsequent visit in April this year warranted only a working lunch for the German leader, several days after fellow European Union leader Macron got the full, formal state dinner treatment from Trump.

"We spent two days producing a statement and commitments", the statement said. "That is the life of nations".

Adopting an unusually sharp tone about one of France's closest allies, Macron rejected the idea of an American "hegemony".

The other six nations are pushing for the G-7 to affirm "collective trade rules" in the communique, the French official said. "Maybe we can help", in a tart reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the U.S. presidential election.

Mr Trump will skip G7 meetings about climate change, clean energy and ocean protection. "But at the same time we must be prepared for scenarios in which we will have to act on our own".