Trump, Macron trade shots before G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump | Alex Wong  Getty Images

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", Macron said.

Trudeau is seen as the best bet to build a bridge between Trump and the rest of the G7 because his government has been able to forge deep links with the USA administration and across the various levels of American politics and business, the official said.

"As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it's unlikely they'd keep eating them".

The tensions have been particularly evident between and Trudeau and Trump.

But he is clearly losing patience with the US President, suggesting the other six members of the G7 could form their own grouping if necessary.

Before shortening his planned participation on the eve of his departure, Trump found himself publicly feuding with summit host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and with French President Emmanuel Macron - two leaders who previously banked on flattery to win concessions with the American. The announcement came as talks stalled between the U.S., Canada and Mexico over renegotiating the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump wrote.

On the eve of the G-7 summit in Canada, the US president lashed out at host Justin Trudeau and the White House announced Donald Trump would skip some of the sessions.

"Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

At the summit in Charlevoix, Quebec, Trump will hold bilateral meetings with Macron and Trudeau, in addition to attending working sessions with all of the G-7 leaders.

G-7 leaders are meeting Friday and Saturday in what's shaping up to be the most divisive gathering of leaders from major industrialized nations in years.

Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7.

"The global trade system is broken and President Trump is trying to fix it".

Trump is set to hold the first meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader on June 12.

Relations have hit such a low that a key question now is whether the seven countries can agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting. G7 finance ministers met ahead of the summit and described the group as "G6 plus one", with the U.S.in the rare role of an outlier.

"The six other countries of the G7 represent a market which is bigger than the American market", the French president said.

The Trump administration said on Thursday it was moving ahead with tariffs on aluminium and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union, ending a two-month exemption and setting the stage for a possible trade war.

"He is very seriously contemplating kind of a shift in the NAFTA negotiations", Larry Kudlow, director of Trump's National Economic Council, said Tuesday on the Fox News program "Fox and Friends". Let them meet; let them discuss.

European leaders criticize the USA decision to impose protectionist tariffs on steel and aluminum and to exit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement.

In response to the Trump administration's 25% tariff on steel and 10% on aluminum, Trudeau intends to hit the USA with his own 25% steel tariff as well as a 10% tariff on consumer goods from the U.S.

Leaders in Europe, Canada, and Mexico have vowed to retaliate against these tariffs with economic penalties against USA exports, but so far Trump has been unmoved.

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