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Trump says that Russian Federation should be reinstated as a G8 member

Trump says that Russian Federation should be reinstated as a G8 member

During the private gathering, Europe's major economic powers pushed back hard against Trump's repeated assertions that the U.S.is a victim of unfair trade practices. We will straighten that out.

Increasingly isolated and hearing talk that the clashes are transforming the Group of Seven into "G-6, plus one", Trump further stirred the pot by asking why Russian Federation wasn't included in the group.

As he headed to a G7 summit in Canada, Mr Trump said: "Russia should be in the meeting". But Russia was suspended from the summit of the top industrialized nations in 2014 after its annexation of Crimea, a part of Ukraine.

While he's taken a tougher stance on traditional USA allies, Trump - who remains under investigation as part of an inquiry into potential collusion between his presidential campaign and the Kremlin - has charted a warmer course with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He bantered easily with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joking that the neighboring leader had "agreed to cut all tariffs and all trade barriers".

The G-7 used to be the G-8, when Russian Federation was a member along with Britain, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United States, France and Japan.

The comments followed a string of tweets from the president railing against Canada, France and other European allies for what the president has described as an imbalanced trade relationship.

President Trump will head to Singapore next week for an historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, where he will address the rogue country's controversial nuclear program.

In fact, the simmering USA trade dispute with its G7 partners - Japan included - didn't even warrant a mention during Abe's joint news conference with Trump, allowing the president to project an aura of global statesmanship sure to be tested in Quebec's scenic Charlevoix region.




Relations have hit such a low point that a key question now is whether the seven countries can agree on a joint statement of priorities at the conclusion of the meeting.

"The American President may not mind being isolated", Macron wrote on Twitter, "but neither do we mind signing a 6 nation agreement if need be".

Trump also called Trudeau out as indignant and sent out a message to French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump, who has recently clashed with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his decision to impose tariffs on imports of Canadian steel and aluminum, accused Trudeau of gouging the USA with his own tariffs.

Called the "doughnut strategy", Mr. Trudeau's campaign seemed to be working until the end of last month.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, announced on Thursday that Trump will leave the resort in Charlevoix (where all the events are taking place) at 10.30 am on Saturday, well before the Summit officially concludes later that day, reports The New York Times. "I think it will be very positive", Mr Trump said, without giving details.

Mr. Trump did smile and wave with the other leaders at the traditional posed "family photo", on a bluff high above the St. Lawrence River, despite the obvious tensions.

Trump says he hopes to resolve what he considers unfair trade agreements with US allies during his time at the G-7 summit in Quebec on Friday and Saturday.