The final document of the G7 summit in Canada’s Quebec can be signed without the participation of US President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron says.
In his Twitter, head of the Fifth Republic stressed the American leader
“The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a 6 country agreement if need be.”
Makron added that because these six countries represent values, they represent an economic market which has the weight of history behind it and which is now a true international force.
The communiqué of G7 summit could be signed without Trump simply for the reason that the US president intends to cut short his time in Quebec, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders. Trump will skip sessions on climate change and the environment. An aide will take his place, the White House said.
“The president will travel from Canada immediately to Singapore on the eve of the upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday,” Trump’s spokesman said in a statement.
The French president also said that neither he nor his partners in the G7 do not seek a confrontation with the US and Donald Trump. On the contrary, six countries will strive for productive dialogue and “polite relations” with the US. Macron added that the United States is the historical ally of France, and Paris needs the support of Washington.
At the same time, at a June 7 joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Macron stated the inadmissibility of a trade war. In addition, Macron urged Trump not to push Iran and other countries to pull out the nuclear agreement. Washington needs to work with other countries on a more “comprehensive deal” on the Iranian nuclear program, he said.
On June 1, the US imposed import duties 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. The European Union in response to this decided to act in three directions: to contact the World Trade Organization, impose duties on the import of a number of consumer goods from the United States, and, with a certain degree of probability, introduce protectionist measures in the “steel” market.
France is not the only G6 member that is “isolating” US side at the summit in Quebec.
British Prime Minister Teresa May said she will hold official meetings with all the leaders of the G7 countries at the Quebec summit, except for Donald Trump.
People familiar with the matter said that Trump was tired of May’s “teaching” tone. “No offense, but she is practically like a schoolteacher, I do not think that someone is on good terms with her,” Trump said as quoted by one source.
PM Theresa May in a phone call earlier this week told Trump that the decision by the US to apply tariffs to steel and aluminum imports from the EU was “unjustified and deeply disappointing.”