Macron threat­ens rare re­buke of U.S.

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS -

QUE­BEC, CANADA » French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron on Thurs­day threat­ened to join with other world lead­ers to is­sue a rare re­buke of the United States at a global sum­mit here this week­end, draw­ing an im­me­di­ate and sharp re­ply from Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

Macron threat­ened to ex­clude the United States fromthe joint state­ment is­sued ev­ery year at the end of the G7 sum­mit, part of an in­ter­na­tional push­back against Trump ef­forts to change trade rules.

“The Amer­i­can Pres­i­dent may not mind being iso­lated, but nei­ther do we mind sign­ing a 6 coun­try agree­ment if need be,” Ma- cron wrote on Twit - ter. “Be­cause th­ese 6 coun­tries rep­re­sent val­ues, they rep­re­sent an eco­nomic mar­ket which has the weight of his­tory be­hind it and which is now a true in­ter­na­tional force.”

Trump re­sponded by ac­cus­ing Macron and Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau of hurt­ing the United States with un­fair trade prac­tices.

“Please tell Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau and Pres­i­dent Macron that they are charg­ing the U.S. mas­sive tar­iffs and cre­ate non­mon­e­tary bar­ri­ers. The EU trade sur­plus with the U.S. is $151 Bil­lion, and Canada keeps our farm­ers and oth­ers out. Look for­ward to see­ing them to­mor­row,” Trump wrote.

Macron is sched­uled to meet one- on- one with Trump dur­ing the G7, and the Twit­ter barbs could be a pre­lude for an awk­ward con­fronta­tion.

The joint state­ments are of­ten cer­e­mo­nial and don’t carry the weight of in­ter­na­tional law, but they do es­tab­lish a mea­sure of com­mon prin­ci­ples that each na­tion shares.

Trump and his se­nior ad­vis­ers have al­ready dis­cussed the idea of re­fus­ing to sign a joint state­ment, known as a com­mu­nique.


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