Trump to further snub G7 partners by leaving summit early

Macron and Trudeau Warning Over US “Hegemony”

Donald Trump has made clear that he will walk away from criticism at Friday’s G7 summit, even as other leaders are warning about an unprecedented challenge from a US Administration which has imposed tariffs on its closest allies.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Thursday that Trump will leave Canada at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. He will attend an early-morning session on “women’s empowerment”, but will skip scheduled sessions on climate change, clean energy and oceans and will not be involved in any joint statement.

Trump threw a series of punches on Twitter on Thursday night, after President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had challenged Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs in a joint press conference.

Macron accompanied the appearance with Trudeau with a Twitter stream setting up a G6+1 in which the US can be isolated:

The French leader jabbed at Trump, “No leader is eternal” and said, “We Allies cannot wage a trade war on each other” as he cautioned, “The six other G7 countries combined form a larger market than the American market. This must not be forgotten.” He summarized:

Trudeau said at the joint press appearance, “We are going to defend our industries and our workers….[We will] show the US President that his unacceptable actions are hurting his own citizens.”

But Trump was undeterred, putting out further suspect claims:

Finance Ministers from the other six countries (Canada, France, Germany, UK, Italy, and Japan) have condemned Trump’s trade approach and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said talks today — beyond the ceremonial photo opportunity — will be “difficult”.

Canada and the EU have filed cases against the United States at the World Trade Organization, and they have announced retaliatory tariffs in a tit-for-tat series of economic moves that could set off an all-out trade war.

However, Trump is focused on another photo: his appearance on Tuesday in Singapore with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, who has received warmer words from the President — calling him a “very honorable man” — than those given to European or Canadian leaders in recent days.