France's Macron sees way forward on trade, Trump says working together

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump | Alex Wong  Getty Images

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Donald Trump | Alex Wong Getty Images

White House aide Larry Kudlow tells CNN's "State of the Union" says Trudeau has done a "great disservice" to the G-7 by saying Canada had to stand up for itself and that the US was responsible for the problem with tariffs. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in a stare down with Trump, while Macron is clasping the table, exasperated.

In a meeting at the White House during the French president's visit to Washington in April, Macron suggested the United States and France should work together to resolve shared trade problems with Beijing, prompting Trump to make his remark, a person in the room told CNN.

"Something's going to happen. So I would say relations are very good". They include the US trade war with Europe, climate change, relations with Iran and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. According to the understanding of the two officials, the PKK's Syria extension, the People's Protection Units (YPG), should be cleansed out of town, and they should be leaving the weapons and other military material given by the U.S. Echoing a series of comments she's made about the erosion of US-European ties, Merkel expressed consternation about Trump's disavowal of the G-7's joint closing statement.

The announcement and Trump's planned tariffs have also put him on a collision course with Trudeau, leader of another key United States ally.

Officials have conceded the mood at the summit will likely be exceptionally tense. The European Union also attends.

"Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries", he wrote.

But he was more affable after meeting Macron and Trudeau, swapping jokes with the latter before the media though neither budged on their trade positions.

Echoing Merkel's sentiments, French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that "international cooperation can not depend on fits of anger and a few words", according to a statement published by French public broadcaster RFI. "We have little tests every once in a while when it comes to trade".

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When Trudeau was asked if he was disappointed that Trump had made a decision to leave early from the meeting today, Trump grinned, said, "He's happy", and playfully stuck out his tongue at the assembled reporters.

Preparations for the new approach began a year ago but have intensified since Mr. Trump tore up the nuclear deal with Iran and imposed trade tariffs on allies last month, including the European Union and Canada.

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

The spat has financial markets anxious about tit-for-tit escalation.

Back in Europe, the magazine for Sueddeutsche Zeitung, one of the largest daily newspapers in Germany, had a different view: that of an exasperated mother speaking to her insolent son. Canada and Mexico, the other members of the 1994 pact, have been frustrated by the slow pace of talks to renegotiate NAFTA.

The leaders had been meeting at the Group of Seven summit in Quebec, Canada over the weekend.

Russian Federation was thrown out of the group in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea. "Very important point.... Trump is trying to fix this broken system". But it is broken, and President Trump is trying to fix it. Both Moscow and Trump have denied the allegations.

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