President Trump to attend G7 Summit, in part

President Trump to attend G7 Summit, in part

 
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WASHINGTON(TIP): After initial dithering, President Trump is heading for G7 Summit at Charlevoix, Canada
 on Friday, June 8. Following the session on Women’s Empowerment, Trump 
will travel directly to Singapore from Canada in anticipation of his 
upcoming meeting with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, Tuesday, June 
12.


Deputy Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs Everett Eissenstat will represent the United States for the remaining G7 sessions, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.


The annual G7 (Group of Seven) summit 
kicks off in Charlevoix, Quebec on Friday, June 8 and the stage is set 
for a major showdown between the US and its allies.


The leaders of the G7, an informal bloc of some of the world’s most powerful industrialized countries, including Germany, the UK, and Japan,
 get together every year to discuss collaboration on issues like global 
security, the international economy, and climate change.


At the end of the summit, they aim to sign a joint statement detailing the policy positions and initiatives they agree on.


But there’s a decent chance that might not happen this year.


That’s because President Donald Trump
 has so badly rattled the other members with his recent heavy steel and 
aluminum tariffs and other divisive new policies that it might be 
impossible for the group to reach a consensus on any substantive issue.


The two-day meeting will be dominated by
 the possibility of a trade war – prompted by the US levies of 25 per 
cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.


Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, 
has predicted a big fight at the summit, triggering suggestions it has 
become a “G6+1” – with the US president isolated and alone.


The EU
 is poised to impose tariffs on US imports ranging from Harley-Davidson 
motorbikes and jeans to bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries and orange 
juice, from next month.


Brussels is still finalizing the list it
 will submit to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which will be on top
 of tit-for-tat tariffs on about £2.5bn of US steel.


A French official told Bloomberg that 
French President Emmanuel Macron wants to make progress with President 
Trump on smoothing tensions over trade, the US’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, and climate policy — and if that doesn’t happen, France may refuse to sign.


Then there’s the fact that Trump himself
 is reportedly contemplating not signing the joint statement to show 
that the US is perfectly happy to go its own way if the other members 
give it too much trouble during talks. The divide has become so stark 
that staffers and observers of the G7 have started to call it the “G6 
plus one.”


“What this G7 is going to show is that 
the United States are alone against everyone, and especially alone 
against their allies,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told 
reporters last week.


The G7 summit is usually a boring meeting of broad consensus. Not anymore.


The G7 summit, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom,
 plus the European Union (which is not technically part of the G7 but 
participates), is typically a pretty straightforward affair.


The official themes for this year’s 
summit include “investing in growth that works for everyone,” “preparing
 for the jobs of the future,” and “advancing gender equality.” Against 
the backdrop of these deliberately anodyne themes, world leaders can 
hobnob and try to move the ball forward on issues like a new free trade 
agreement or cooperative climate policy.


But Trump has departed sharply from the 
G7 consensus on issues like these in the past by, for instance, pulling 
out of the Paris climate agreement and withdrawing from the 
Trans-Pacific Partnership.


And White House officials say he is 
planning to strike a confrontational posture at the summit. “There are 
disagreements. He’s sticking to his guns, and he’s going to talk, talk 
to them,” National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told reporters
 on Wednesday. Trump is also reportedly considering implementing a fresh
 round of tariffs against Canada — the host of the summit.


European countries could also shun the 
final statement. Their biggest priority is likely going to be getting 
Trump to consider some kind of compromise on his recent protectionist 
trade policies, the most controversial one being his imposition of 
sweeping tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Currently, those tariffs
 hit exports from every other member of the G7.


Trump is also apparently not looking 
forward to what could be a tense and awkward meeting. According to the 
Washington Post, Trump has reportedly complained to advisers about 
having an “uneasy rapport” with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and sees
 British Prime Minister Theresa May as “too politically correct.”


And Trump has apparently told advisers 
that he doesn’t want to be “lectured” by other world leaders, especially
 as he tries to prepare for an upcoming high-stakes summit with North 
Korea next week.





   






If the final joint statement for the G7 
is missing signatories this weekend when the summit wraps up, it won’t 
be the end of the world. It’s a symbolic show of unity, not a binding 
document with concrete policy effects. But it will be yet another sign 
of how far the US is drifting from many of its most trusted friends in 
the world.



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