G7: Trump isolated on trade and Russian Federation as leaders meet

G7: Trump isolated on trade and Russian Federation as leaders meet

President Donald Trump on Friday called for Russian Federation to be invited back to the G7, telling reporters the country should be at this weekend's meeting of major world leaders.

Cooperation between Russia and China is at an all-time high, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday, underscoring how pressure from the West has magnified Beijing's political and economic importance to Moscow.

For its part, Russian Federation allows China to show the USA that it has "other options" in global negotiations, she said. But Russia was suspended from the summit of the top industrialized nations in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine.

Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into Russian meddling into the 2016 USA election and possible coordination by people in Trump's campaign.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, whose country is an observer member of the SCO, will also attend the summit at a time when China and Russian Federation are seeking to save the Iran nuclear deal following Trump's withdrawal from the pact.

"Trump said he was attending the G7 summit to "[straighten] out unfair Trade Deals" with Canada, France and other close US allies, he tweeted early Friday.

On May 31, the Trump administration confirmed it would apply additional tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Canada, Mexico, and European Union countries, ending a two-month exemption period.

"Russia is focussed on other formats, apart from the G7", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a brief statement reported by the government-controlled Sputnik news agency.

Tension has been building over a year of policymaking that has distanced the United States from traditional allies, including by Trump's decisions to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear agreement.

Invoking his former rival Hillary Clinton, Trump touted how tough he is on Putin: "I have been Russia's worst nightmare".

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"We are not going to live with the deals the way they are", Trump said.

"Look, all of these countries have been taking advantage of the United States on trade", Trump told reporters as he left the White House, repeating his longstanding complaints about trade deficits and tariffs.

Trump was the last leader to arrive at the summit and is expected to be the first to leave on Saturday, as he prepares for a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12.

"I think we'll have a joint statement", Trump said.

Canada called Mr Trump's trade tariffs "illegal" while European Council President Donald Tusk warned that Mr Trump's stance on trade, climate change and Iran constituted a real danger.

Now watch President Trump grovel at the feet of our adversary and punish our strongest allies.

The White House announced his travel plans after French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signaled they would use the G-7 event to take a stance against new US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!"

"The American president may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six country agreement if need be", Macron said in a tweet.

"It's a lucky number", Tusk said.

In one phone call, the Canadian PM scoffed at the idea that Canada posed a national security threat to the United States, the administration's pretext for imposing the steep tariffs on imported aluminum and steel.

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