Macron leads G7 charge against Trump over trade

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The new tariffs- 25 percent on imported steel, 10 percent on aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union - threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.

Trump has threatened to use national security laws to do the same for vehicle imports and has walked back on environmental agreements and an worldwide deal to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

"If I can get the president to actually realize that what he's doing is counterproductive for his own goals as well, perhaps we can move forward in a smarter way", Trudeau said.

The U.S. president's personal attack on the prime minister heightened the potential for confrontation when the two leaders have their first face-to-face meeting in Canada on Friday after Trump's arrival.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicted "robust discussions" on trade, but other G7 members like Japan and Italy seemed less likely to want to challenge the USA president.

Trump may well be distracted by preparations for his June 12 summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, which will be in Singapore immediately after the rich-world talking shop in Canada.

Members of Oxfam dressed as the "G7 leaders" pose for pictures outside the Quebec provincial building ahead of the G7 summit in Quebec City on Thursday.

Some in the crowd, closely watched by riot police, carried banners with slogans such as "The G7 does not represent us".

The comments chime with a Washington Post report that Trump sees May as too politically correct.

Barely 500 days into his presidency, Trump has developed a knack for alienating his fellow leaders while pursuing his "America First" foreign policy, a pushback against a global trade system which he sees as working against USA interests.

While Prime Minister Theresa May British Prime Minister Theresa May took a more measured tone, as she called for any response to be proportionate and legal.

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Abe is not the only world leader to have tried charming Trump and failed to come away with concessions from the United States leader.

"In this environment, above all we always have to stay polite, stay productive and try to convince [them] to keep the United States on board because they are our historical ally and we need them", Macron told a news conference with Trudeau in Ottawa.

"We will also obviously have some very robust discussions on trade", Trudeau said. The steel tariffs also affect the other G7 member, Japan, which was never granted a waiver.

The Canadian leader is embroiled in rows with Washington over steel and aluminum and negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement.

"Because these six countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true global force". Mr Trump's singling out of Germany's vehicle sector for criticism in his gripes about the USA trade deficit hardly helped matters either.

Italy's Giuseppe Conte, who was only confirmed as prime minister this week, will be meeting his fellow leaders for the first time.

Japan is also expected to take a less confrontational approach than its G7 peers, while still quietly pressing its case on trade.

A humiliated Mr Macron then delivered a speech in Congress that repudiated much of Mr Trump's agenda, restating his commitment to both the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement that Mr Trump has turned his back on. Intense diplomacy from Europe to save an worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran also failed.

Its recovery from the 2008-9 financial crisis has been far slower than that of the United States where the Federal Reserve is on the cusp of another interest rate rise while the European Central Bank is still using crisis-era measures. He's proven himself to be a leader on the world stage and he's achieved great success, as I might add, in foreign policy.

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