Trump, Trudeau swap jokes but hold firm in trade dispute

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Donald Trump's fellow G7 leaders greeted the president's aggressive pre-summit bluster with a warm, reassuring breeze in an attempt to bridge their vast divide with him on trade and welcoming Russian Federation back to their fold. His new tariffs - 25 per cent on imported steel and 10 per cent on aluminum from Canada, Mexico and the European Union - threaten to drive up prices for American consumers and companies and heighten uncertainty for businesses and investors around the globe.

He especially chided Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada's high tariffs on dairy products. Trump is set to hold a series of group and one-on-one meetings, including with Trudeau and Macron.

Mr Trump said on Friday that the U.S. and Canada were working on cutting tariffs "and making it all very fair for both countries".

European countries, including France, Germany and the U.K., have said they will continue to uphold the deal without the United States' inclusion, and leaders across the globe have criticized Trump's decision to pull out. We have to change it.

But other G-7 leaders said it was not going to happen at this time.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to leave G-7 summit early, travel directly to Singapore Stormy Daniels's former attorney files defamation suit against her Justice Department seizes reporter's phone, email records in leak probe: report MORE on Friday cracked a joke about the roiling trade dispute with Canada during a meeting with the country's prime minister, Justin Trudeau, at the Group of Seven (G-7) summit.

Officials from the European Union also attend the meetings.

"Until we can have reciprocal relationships, we will not have free trade, and we will not have fair trade", Kudlow said.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a statement that "Russia is focused on other formats, apart from the G7".

While he's taken a tougher stance on traditional USA allies, Trump - who remains under investigation as part of an inquiry into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and the Kremlin - has charted a warmer course with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.

Where is the 44th G7 Summit being held and why are so numerous members frustrated with the United States?

As for the prospect of new trade deals touted by the Trump administration, Alden says they are a pipe dream.

Among them are Trump's first national security adviser, as well as his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who was expected in USA federal court on June 8 amid allegations that he sought to tamper with witnesses in Mueller's probe.

Trade is set to dominate the G-7 talks, as allies speak out against U.S. policies that threaten to upend global growth and the multilateral system. "We have no reason to believe there will be problems on those issues", the official said on condition of anonymity.

"The President's support for inviting Russian Federation back into the G7, just after they meddled in the election to support his campaign, will leave millions of Americans with serious questions and suspicions", Mr Schumer said.

"What this will look like in 2018 and potentially beyond is a more and more economically and politically isolated America, but the rest of the world is pretty much carrying on to the best of its ability just without the USA".

That has financial markets anxious about a tit-for-tat escalation that could tarnish an overall rosy global economic outlook.

U.S. stock indexes initially dipped on Friday, partly due to investor nervousness over the G7 summit, but later turned positive.

"Canada's position is absolutely clear".

On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, a leader who is usually friendly with Trump, implied that the liberal global alliance doesn't need the United States to make a deal.

Apart from this nascent trade war, Trump has also pulled the USA out of the Iran nuclear deal, threatening foreign companies that still want to do business there. Mexico is also a member of Nafta.

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