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Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

G7 leaders defend summit after Trump disowns free trade communique

G7 leaders defend summit after Trump disowns free trade communique

At that point, Trump had been elected president and the US intelligence community had concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered an "influence campaign" aimed at putting Trump in power.

A German finance ministry spokesman said: "We have made significant progress with our French friends towards a reform proposal for the euro zone and we will continue our talks next week".

If you weren't in the loop, the G7 Summit happened and there was a bit of turbulence. "We will not be pushed around", the Canadian prime minister said, adding that Canada would move forward with retaliatory tariffs in response to those imposed by the Trump administration on metals imports from Canada and other allies.

"At the same time we will not stop trying to convince our American friends and President Trump that undermining this order makes no sense at all, because it would only play into the hands of those who seek a new post-West order where liberal democracy and fundamental freedoms would cease to exist".

But Trump struck a more affable tone after a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, saying the French leader was helping work out trade issues.

"I have been Russia's worst nightmare.but with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting", Trump said Friday at the White House, according to press reports.

Macron said it was possible to make progress on the trade issues that have split the USA and its allies after meeting with Trump. We have a very big trade deficit with Canada.

"We finished the meeting, really, everybody was happy, and I agreed to sign something", Trump told reporters at a news conference following his summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore.

G7 chiefs have largely praised Trump for his efforts to stabilise the Korean peninsula, but they are unhappy he pulled out of an global agreement to limit Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said her country "will not change its mind when it comes to the illegal" application of tariffs.

Already at the meeting of the finance ministers ahead of the G-7, the six non-U.S. countries released a statement raising concerns about US trade actions. "Maybe we can help", in a tart reference to alleged collusion between Russian President Vladimir Putin's government and the Trump team to influence the U.S. presidential election.

"There is no reason for us not to talk to each other, but this is going to be hard", Merkel said, adding that her dialogue with Trump will continue during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels in July. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.

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