G7 divides to G6 plus Trump over trade war threat

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she finds President Donald Trump's tweet disavowing a common statement after the Group of Seven summit in Canada "sobering" and "a little depressing".

"I think, on trade, there is ... a way to progress all together", he told reporters after his meeting with Trump. The Shanghai organization, which Beijing began in 2001 as an alternative to US -dominated diplomatic groups, includes China, Russia, India, Pakistan and the nations of Central Asia. The US president has said he was open to having a summit with Putin, who US intelligence officials claim directed Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

"America stands very much alone as they enter this G-7", Heather Conley, director of the Europe program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told reporters on a press call.

"I think the G8 would be better, I think having Russian Federation back in would be a positive thing".

In his congratulatory message Kim said "the Russian people have achieved success in building a powerful Russia under Putin's leadership, braving all challenges and difficulties", TASS reported. "This leads me to believe that dialogue may prove to be constructive", Putin said. The latter now includes the United States, Canada, Japan, Britain, Italy, France and Germany.

President Donald Trump has opened his second day at an worldwide summit at a breakfast discussion on gender equality. You know, whether you like it or not, and it may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run.

Trump has invoked a USA national security provision to unilaterally impose tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum, to the outrage of his allies, who have retaliated with a threat of their own, more targeted, sanctions.

"This medal of friendship represents the Chinese people's lofty respect for President Putin, and symbolizes the profound friendship between China and Russian Federation", he said.

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Mr Trump said: "If they retaliate they are making a mistake".

Trump's remarks were the latest show of disunity between the USA and the other six nations meeting at a resort on the Saint Lawrence River this weekend.

Trade, investment and development cooperation issues will also feature prominently at the SCO, Murphy said, given the climate of "rising anti-globalisation", stoked by Trump's nationalist "America First" policy.

"We can differently assess decisions that are taken by the United States, including by the USA president".

Referring to the Mueller investigation, and the possibility it may result in criminal charges against him, Trump maintained he has "the absolute right to pardon myself", adding "but I'll never have to do it because I didn't do anything wrong".

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un sent a telegram to Vladimir Putin in celebration of Russia Day.

Mr Trump posted a series of messages on his favourite social media platform, accusing the European Union and Canada of imposing "massive trade tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers" against the US.

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