Trump calls for Russian Federation to be readmitted to G8, European Union rejects it


Trump said there are "some folks" in the news business who "are with the USA and the US citizens, proud citizens" and some of the "most outstanding people I know". Moscow has denied the allegations.

Mr Trump's presidency has been clouded by a federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and possible collusion by his campaign. "We'll see how it all works out, but we've made a lot of progress", Trump said, sitting by Trudeau after talks that an official said were marked by "strong disagreement" but "not heated".

"Maybe the American president doesn't care about being isolated today, but we don't mind being six, if needs be", Macron said.

"We're not looking to play games", he said.

Mr. Trump left early for a landmark meeting with North Korea's leader.

In May, Trump hit Canada, Mexico and the European Union with steel and aluminum tariffs as part of an effort to create "FAIR TRADE" agreements with America's partners.

Peskov said the possibility of a Vienna summit was also raised this week during talks in the city between Putin and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has sought to present his country as a bridge between Russian Federation and the West.

A key question was whether the seven countries could agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday the two leaders discussed the prospects for their meeting in a March phone call, and talked about locations with Vienna as a possibility.

The G7 summit of developed Western economies, namely the US, Germany, Japan, the UK, France, Italy and Canada wrapped up Saturday in the Quebec town of La Malbaie.

Trump blasted both Trudeau and Macron on Twitter ahead of the G7 summit, which he was reportedly wary of attending.

He said he "came up with the term fake news" because much of the USA press "is very dishonest".

Though the US appears increasingly isolated from its allies, Trump on Saturday insisted that his relationships with other leaders remains "great". "Much of it, not all of it", Trump said.

A Kremlin spokesperson meanwhile said they were interested in "other formats", apart from the G7.

"The relationships were outstanding, but because of the fact that U.S. leaders of the past didn't do a good job on trade-and, again, I'm not blaming countries, I'm blaming our people that represented our past-it's gonna change", Trump said.

The UK and the rest of the European Union will be slapped with a 25 percent duty on steel and 10 percent on aluminium.

On Saturday, Trump repeated his desire to have a sunset clause in an updated NAFTA deal, a demand that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has rejected. He says gender equality must "cut through" everything the G-7 does.

US President Donald Trump will be leaving early from the summit with the leaders of the G7 countries after an unfruitful debate on trade tariffs.

The two-day session under crystalline blue skies in Charlevoix, Quebec, put Trumps transactional view of alliances, economic leverage and trade relationships into sharp focus for other nations often frustrated by Trumps ad hoc decision-making.



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