Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America is set to be leaving early from the summit with the leaders of the countries of G7 following an unfruitful debate regarding trade tariffs.
The meeting is taking place in Quebec. It had a six-plus-one tone from the beginning and the seven countries Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, and the US will most likely not be releasing a joint statement as they could not agree on a consensus over trade.
Today, Trump arrived late to the first meeting regarding gender equality. He will leave prior to the discussions on the health of oceans and climate change, after not getting the support for his grievances over the tariffs imposed by the United States.
Before the meeting, Trump already established a hostile tone on his profile in Twitter, lashing out against Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada over the fees on dairy products. In addition to making adverse comments over unfair tariff barriers, he also called the Canadian Prime Minister indignant.
On his Twitter profile, he wrote: “Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the US massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the US is $151bn, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.”
Ahead of the meeting, Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, wrote on his Twitter profile: “The American President may not mind being isolated, but neither do we mind signing a six-country agreement if need be.”
He added: “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.”
President Trump is set to leave the summit four hours earlier in order to travel to Singapore to meet Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader.
In 2014, G8 became G7 when Russia was excluded because of the unlawful annexation of Crimea. Trump has said that Russia should have been included in the discussions.
He stated: “Russia should be in this meeting. Why are we having a meeting without Russia being in the meeting? Whether you like it or not … we have a world to run.”