Trump, Macron cool down the buddy act at Canada's G7

Trudeau and Macron met in Ottawa June 6

French President Emmanuel Macron's thumb left a literal imprint on US President Donald Trump's hand at the G7 summit in Canada as they continued their tradition of intense handshakes. "We've had really a very good relationship, very special", the United States president said of Macron, a day after the two leaders had exchanged terse messages on Twitter.

USA trading partners have been furious over President Donald Trump's decision last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, the European Union and Mexico as part of his "America First" agenda.

He's also threatened to tear up the NAFTA agreement with Canada and Mexico.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said Russian Federation would not be invited back to join the Group of Seven nations until it stops interfering in the affairs of other countries, rebuffing calls from US President Donald Trump for Moscow to return to group.

Trump was the last G7 leader to arrive and on Saturday, he will probably be the first to leave, in a hurry to move on to his nuclear summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un in Singapore.

"We won't let ourselves be ripped off again and again", Merkel said.

The G-7 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, plus the European Union.

Leaders have struggled to find ways of getting through to Trump and persuading him to budge from his pre-established positions.

There were also no more references to Trump's off-the-cuff remark about the need to bring Russian President Vladimir Putin back into the fold of the global community.

"We have a very really good relationship, very special", Trump told reporters after Friday's handshake.

Closer home, Indian Twitter users spotted an opportunity to make the photo more relatable by editing Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Trump's place, asking when they would receive the Rs 15 lakhs Bharatiya Janata Party leaders promised each Indian would receive if they were voted into power in 2014.

This Trumped-up trade war is symptomatic of the president's cavalier attitude toward countries that share America's democratic values.

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 remark seemed destined to only escalate the existing tensions between Trump and the six other leaders gathered at a golf resort here.

She said the European Union would "act" against the US trade measures, which European leaders regard as going against the rules of the World Trade Organization.

The communique addresses trade, economic growth, national security and sustainability, and acknowledges that "free, fair and mutually beneficial trade and investment, while creating reciprocal benefits, are key engines for growth and job creation". Describing the tense three days, Bruno Le Maire, France's finance and economy minister, said it was "far more a G-6 plus one than a G-7".

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