Trump, Macron Exchange Twitter Jabs Ahead of G7 Summit

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Mr Trump and Mr Kudlow are travelling to Quebec later this week for a meeting of leaders from seven of the world's leading economies, and several of those officials have expressed frustration at Mr Trump for his protectionist approach to trade.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow defended the Trump administration's trade policy Wednesday ahead of a meeting with global leaders that is expected to focus on US tariffs.

"A trade war doesn't spare anyone", Macron said.

In the past the US has had low points with Europe. "Being open to technologies of the future doesn't mean we have to accept all their uses", he said.

But he is clearly losing patience with the US President, suggesting the other six members of the G7 could form their own grouping if necessary.

US President Donald Trump will skip scheduled sessions on climate change, clean energy and oceans during the two-day G7 Summit which is slated to begin on Friday in Quebec, Canada, the White House announced. "Look forward to seeing them tomorrow", Trump wrote.

Trudeau added that he would convey Canada's displeasure over the metal tariffs personally when he met Trump at the summit.

Trump has also seemed less than enthusiastic about the meetings, questioning if he even needs to attend.

Even before these developments, it had become clear that this would be one of the more contentious G-7 meetings in memory.

Earlier it was reported that trump had "horrible" phone conversation with Macron.

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Under Trump, the United States has abandoned its traditional role in the G-7.

"If you're a foreign leader you have to realize if you try to butter up Trump it doesn't really matter, it's a one way street".

Tensions between the USA and its allies have increased in recent weeks after a series of White House decisions have frustrated some of the United States' closest global partners.

But he urged the other industrialized countries to stick together.

Barely 500 days into his presidency, Trump has developed a knack for alienating his fellow leaders while pursuing his "America First" foreign policy, a pushback against a global trade system which he sees as working against USA interests. Let them meet; let them discuss.

Such a move towards separate talks would come at a tense time in U.S. trade relations with the two countries.

President Emmanuel Macron has signaled that progress on tariffs, Iran nuclear agreement and Paris climate accord must be made before he'll be willing to sign a joint statement, the official told reporters in Ottawa.

Citing national security concerns, Trump leveled a 25% tariff on steel and a 10% duty on aluminum last month.

Leaders in Europe, Canada, and Mexico have vowed to retaliate against these tariffs with economic penalties against US exports, but so far Trump has been unmoved. Insiders say that Trump is frustrated by UK PM Theresa May's leadership style, urging her to focus on policy and to stop worrying about offending people.

The Trudeau Government is scoffing at the idea of scrapping NAFTA negotiations in favour of separate bilateral trade deals.

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