G7 meeting to start amidst a tweet and trade tariffs tension
Reuters report that the leaders of the Group of Seven rich nations are set to clash with a combative U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday when they pressure him to lift sanctions on steel and aluminum they fear could lead to a trade war.
If a ‘twitter’ exchange is to be seen as the overture for this meeting than the setting is rather full of animosity. Canada and France have taken a strong position against the US. The US president did not shy away and upped the ante.
In a tweet, Trump accused the U.S. allies of levying “massive tariffs” and creating “non-monetary barriers.”
French President Emmanuel Macron in a tweet had threatened to exclude U.S. from a joint statement issued every year at the G-7 summit.
“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be. Because these 6 countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force,” Macron tweeted.