"This should not come as a surprise to anyone", said Colin Robertson, vice president at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and a former Canadian diplomat, but "I wouldn't say the walls have come down we don't have a communique". Trump said Russian Federation should be readmitted, but even Moscow seemed to reject that suggestion. Those tensions boiled over during the G7 summit in Canada on Saturday, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and European leaders reaffirming plans to institute retaliatory measures and Trump lashing out in response by refusing to endorse the group of industrialized nations' communique.
The bid to gloss over the divide might see the reputation of the G-7 salvaged instead of becoming an unprecedented casualty of USA tariffs, disagreements over climate change and the future of the Iran deal.
Seven world leaders met Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec for what is known as the G7 summit.
Preparations for the new approach began past year 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.
Summit host Canada s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sided with his European and Japanese colleagues against the U.S. leader and his "illegal" levies on steel and aluminum imports. "A lot of people wrote a couple of things that weren't quite true - a little bit accurate, perhaps - we've had a little test every once in a while when it comes to trade", Trump said before the sit-down.
In the United States version, we see Mr Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a sceptical, nearly sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.
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French President Emmanuel Macron has said he'll refuse to sign a formal communique if there's no progress on USA tariffs and other sticking points.
He told reporters the United States' attitude must lead other nations to "reforge the European front".
The summit is being held at a luxury resort more than two hours' drive from the provincial capital, where more than 400 protesters faced off Thursday and Friday against police.
And at the same time as western nations are at loggerheads, the USA president seems more at home with autocrats than with Washington s traditional allies.
The euro zone's two biggest economies differ on how to balance Macron's call for more solidarity in Europe with Merkel's insistence that tax payers in richer countries should not end up paying for government failures in poorer ones. 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. Take the man standing between Merkel and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for instance.
She would also tell other leaders that rather than imposing tariffs on each other, pressure should be increased on China to reduce its excess steel capacity, the person said.