President Trump attends G7
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 09, 2018,
Jun 09, 2018, 1:01
During the War of 1812, which lasted until 1815, British troops did burn the White House in 1814 as retaliation for an American attack on York (now Toronto), Ontario.
Pleas by the G7 member countries for exemptions from the United States steel and aluminum tariffs, which went into effect on June 1, have fallen on deaf ears in Washington. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes his expected meeting with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump will be constructive, as he himself told the Vesti v Subbotu (Saturday News) with Sergei Brilev show.
Then-First Lady Dolley Madison famously rescued a portrait of first President George Washington before fleeing the White House in the so-called "Burning of Washington". German Chancellor Angela Merkelsaid they were "illegal", while Trudeau said they were "insulting and totally unacceptable".
Earlier on Friday, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS that the ministry is conducting preliminary work for a meeting between Putin and Trump.
Nevertheless, Trump told reporters Friday that he has been "Russia's worst nightmare". As the meeting kicks off, here's a quick look at some of the claims Trump has made about Canada. This includies free and fair trade as well as other economic abuses affecting American workers. "This is a unsafe course and should be abandoned immediately", Corker said in the statement.
The US president sparred with both leaders over trade well into Thursday night, accusing the European Union and Canada of unfair business practices, and then resumed his polemic soon after 6am US time, complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs.
European countries, including France, Germany and the U.K., have said they will continue to uphold the deal without the United States' inclusion, and leaders across the globe have criticized Trump's decision to pull out.
Mr Trump is expected to face stern opposition from the majority of the group over his protectionist policies on trade, including harsh new tariffs on steel and aluminium which would hit the European Union and Canada.
The two leaders talked on the phone last week after Trump announced USA tariffs on European goods.
The meeting on Friday and Saturday in Charlevoix, Quebec, will be the first chance G7 leaders have had to confront Trump in person since USA tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union were imposed last week. Otherwise they may decide to have a Canada First moment and retaliate against Trump's tariffs in a warlike manner.
After the contentious salvos on social media and the Trudeau-Macron news conference, the White House announced Trump would depart the summit at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, following the session on women's empowerment.
On Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron, a leader who is usually friendly with Trump, implied that the liberal worldwide alliance doesn't need the United States to make a deal.