Friday, 17 August, 2018

Kremlin says Trump-Putin meeting could be held in Vienna

Justin Trudeau in New Delhi Feb 2018 Justin Trudeau in New Delhi Feb 2018
Glenn Montgomery | 10 June, 2018, 10:48

Prime Minister Theresa May has said the G7 will take further action against Russian Federation if it continues to interfere with other countries.

The commander in chief plans to skip the climate change and environment portion of the G7 and leave early for Singapore for his historic meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The Wall Street Journal reported early in June that the White House was preparing for a potential summit between the two leaders, which a senior administration official called an "ongoing project" of Jon Hunstman, the US ambassador to Russian Federation.

MSNBC's Katy Tur was pretty stunned today by President Trump talked about reinstating Russian Federation in the group of industrialized nations now called the G-7.

"Why are we having a meeting without Russian Federation being in the meeting?" Trump said at the White House just before departing.

Russian Federation was formerly a member of the group, then known as G-8, but was suspended after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

But the legislation was signed reluctantly by Donald Trump, who wanted warmer ties with Moscow and had opposed the legislation as it worked its way through Congress.

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. "And I'll tell you what, it's what I do", he said. "Not fair to our farmers!", his Twitter feed states.

The medal is the latest in a series of public gestures of admiration between the pair. On his way to the G-7 summit, Trump tweeted his promise to fight against "the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States". "If it doesn't happen, we come out even better!", he states.

Even before he arrived at the summit in the picturesque town of La Malbaie, Que., on Friday, Mr. Trump had skirmished over Twitter with Mr. Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron over stiff USA tariffs on steel and aluminum from Canada, Europe and Mexico. Trump said he thinks the group will produce a joint statement.

"Where we disagree with our allies on something it is right that we say so and air the issue openly and frankly", said Mrs May, speaking at the close of the summit. Tensions mounted between the Trump administration and fellow G7 members Canada, Germany and France when the USA imposed steep tariffs on imported metals from the countries.

Trump's administration last week announced an end to exemptions from steel and aluminum tariffs that had been granted the Canada, Mexico and the EU.

Trudeau has worked hard to find common ground with the unpredictable president, but the personal bond he has tried to forge has been strained.

"We both believe that the current trade protectionism has increased, and there are many uncertainties in the recovery of the world economy".

The French and Canadian leaders have each vowed to address the tariffs with Trump at the summit.

"I have been Russia's worst nightmare", Trump said, in apparent reference to accusations that he has been soft on Moscow.

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