Lead­ers ready to grill Trump

Pres­i­dent faces G7 ‘al­lies’ ahead of Kim sum­mit

Wanganui Chronicle - - World -

Be­fore Pres­i­dent Donald Trump sits down with a no­to­ri­ous dic­ta­tor, he will face what may well turn out to be a tougher crowd — some of the United States’ old­est al­lies.

With his new tar­iffs in­creas­ing US iso­la­tion, Trump heads to Canada to­mor­row for a meet­ing of t he Group of Seven i ndus­tri­ali s ed nati ons. The White House is ex­pect­ing a chilly re­cep­tion from Canada and West Euro­pean coun­tries, al­ready frus­trated over Trump’s with­drawal from the Paris cli­mate ac­cord and the Iran nu­clear agree­ment.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Angela Merkel pre­viewed the dy­nam­ics yes­ter­day, telling the Ger­man Parliament that “it is ap­par­ent that we have a se­ri­ous prob­lem with mul­ti­lat­eral agree­ments here, and so there will be con­tentious dis­cus­sions”.

An­tic­i­pat­ing a tense two days in Que­bec, Trump has com­plained about hav­ing to at­tend the sum­mit, par­tic­u­larly since it comes just be­fore his high-stakes meet­ing in Sin­ga­pore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said two peo­ple with knowl­edge of his think­ing. But the White House has sig­nalled no change in plans.

“The Pres­i­dent wants to go on the trip,” Larry Kud­low, Trump’s top eco­nomic ad­viser, said of the sum­mit in Canada. “There may be dis­agree­ments,” Kud­low added. “I re­gard this as much like a fam­ily quar­rel.”

Trump also is set to hold a se­ries of one-on-one meetings, in­clud­ing with Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau and French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron.

Trump is un­likely to back away from the na­tion­al­is­tic poli­cies that have frus­trated and un­nerved al­lies but which he sees as key promises to his most loyal vot­ers.

Trump an­nounced in March that he was im­pos­ing tar­iffs on im­ports of steel and alu­minum, but he tem­po­rar­ily granted a waiver to US al­lies such as Canada, Mex­ico and the Euro­pean Union, and also to China, as his Ad­min­is­tra­tion said trade talks were con­tin­u­ing. Trump ended that re­lief this month. This will be Trump’s sec­ond sum­mit of the G7, an in­for­mal gath­er­ing that meets ev­ery year. The mem­ber coun­tries are: Canada, France, Italy, Ja­pan, Ger­many, the United States and the Bri­tain. The Euro­pean Union also at­tends.

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