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Trump, Macron Exchange Twitter Jabs Ahead of G7 Summit

Trump, Macron Exchange Twitter Jabs Ahead of G7 Summit

While trade is expected to dominate, Trudeau also wants to focus on gender equality and climate change.

Trudeau said Thursday he pointed out this piece of history to Trump in a recent discussion.

But was Trump's comment a joke? "If you're a foreign leader you have to realize if you try to butter up Trump it doesn't really matter, it's a one way street". "Do you really believe that Canada, that your North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, represent a national security threat to you?" "But no one lives for ever", Macron responded.

While the tariffs do not impact Japan directly, the Asian country has other concerns with the Trump administration, centering around its efforts to make a deal with North Korea. He acknowledged the questions that swirl about the "dynamic" at the summit.

"We have a very strong relationship with the government of Germany", Nauert said.

Yet rarely have these summits seen a USA leader so at odds with his fellow leaders.

The allies themselves are planning to push back, both by imposing countervailing tariffs and by presenting a united front against the president's policies at the Group of 7 summit beginning Friday in Canada. She and Macron recently made separate trips to Washington in failed bids to persuade the USA president not to abandon the Iran nuclear agreement.

Mr Trump reportedly asked in a call with Mr Trudeau over new tariffs.

The US President has made it clear he sees the gathering of the leaders of the world's seven biggest economies as a distraction and has not arranged any bilateral meetings amid the continuing row over his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium. "We have to maintain these ties".

If Donald Trump doesn't care about "being isolated", then G7 may be better being G6, says Emmanuel Macron.

"There may be disagreements, I regard this as much like a family quarrel. I think we've done everything we can and put everything on the line", he said.

Ministers from Germany, France and Britain have already written to USA officials urging them to shield European companies working in Iran from getting caught up in Washington's new sanctions on Tehran.

Trudeau declared Canada would continue to support the Iran deal, saying Canada remains "disappointed" with the American decision to step away from it, calling Iran a threat to global stability.

Macron said he has tried in vain to convince Trump to change his positions on various issues like climate change, Iran and trade, but said ultimately he can't make decisions for the USA president.

That move unleashed fury in the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations and prompted quick retaliation from Canada and Mexico and a promise from the European Union to do so as well, unnerving investors who fear a trade war that could derail the global economy. He announced that the two nations would collaborate on initiatives on artificial intelligence.