Macron v. Trump: French President Threatens To Rebuke US At Summit

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"As Bismarck used to say, if we explained to people how sausages were made, it's unlikely they'd keep eating them", Macron told reporters.

French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that "things were moving forward" at a G7 summit in Canada as he held talks with Donald Trump that focused on the USA president's decision to slap tariffs on America's allies.

While G7 leaders confronted Trump with a slew of data on imports and exports in a bid to sway his thinking, Trump countered his own numbers and held his position that the United States was at a disadvantage on global trade, an official who followed the talks said.

"In a culture of open discussion, it's possible that we don't agree on all points", Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters on Friday.

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

The leaders of the world's richest countries came together Friday to smooth over their differences - especially with U.S. President Donald Trump - and to demonstrate they can still work together.

Expectations for a major breakthrough on trade at the summit, however, remain low, with United States allies focused on avoiding rupturing the G7, which in its 42-year history has tended to seek consensus on major issues.

In a series of tweets from Singapore, Trump kept up the tirade while contending that "Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal". "$800 Billion Trade Deficit..."

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Trump was reacting to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said Saturday that Canada would retaliate for Trump's proposed new tariffs.

Amid the rising tensions, Trump was behind schedule in his arrival at the summit on Friday, forcing the postponement of a scheduled bilateral meeting with Macron.

Macron was reacting to news that the Commander-in-Chief planned to leave the worldwide summit in Quebec earlier than anticipated; skipping out on the group's discussions on climate change and the global environment.

By the time he sat face-to-face with Macron, though, Trump was publicly heralding "progress" on the very issues he'd been grousing about. A Canadian official said Trump and Trudeau discussed accelerating NAFTA talks.

The G-8 was downgraded back to a G-7 following Putin's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

"I have been Russia's worst nightmare", Trump claimed, "but with that being said, Russian Federation should be in this meeting".

Both Moscow and Mr Trump have denied the allegations.

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