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UK NewsMacron, Trump break ice with pre-G7 lunch in bid to ease trade tensions

17:10  24 august  2019
17:10  24 august  2019 Source:   france24.com

G7 summit 2019: How Emmanuel Macron plans to stop Donald Trump derailing trade talks

G7 summit 2019: How Emmanuel Macron plans to stop Donald Trump derailing trade talks French leader is desperate to prevent repeat of last year's disastrous G7 meeting in Quebec this weekend

Trump arrives in Biarritz on Saturday in an especially unmoored and cantankerous mood as darkening clouds of Trade tensions have soured the relationship with Beijing, but his red carpet welcome in 2017 has left him convinced he Emmanuel Macron aims to ease US-Iran tensions at G 7 summit.

Group of Seven leaders are meeting in Biarritz, France, Saturday amid mounting tensions over At the hotel, overlooking the bay, Macron and Trump will sit down from lunch . They will be giving a " Trade wars will lead to recessions" and " trade wars among G - 7 members will lead to an eroding of

Macron, Trump break ice with pre-G7 lunch in bid to ease trade tensions © Nicholas Kamm, AFP | US President Donald Trump (L) sits to lunch with French President Emmanuel Macr... French President Emmanuel Macron hosted his US counterpart Donald Trump for a previously unscheduled lunch Saturday ahead of the official opening of the G7 summit in southwest France.

The two leaders sat on a terrace at the ornate Hotel du Palais in the Atlantic resort of Biarritz, the G7 venue, just a day after Trump reiterated his threat of tariffs against French wine in retaliation for a new tax on major US tech companies.

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The European Union hopes to ease trade tensions with US President Donald Trump when the leaders of the world's seven major advanced economies meet in France over the weekend. Transatlantic rifts are set to feature prominently when Trump arrives at the G 7 summit in France to discuss differences

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The surprise lunch appeared to be an attempt by Macron to get the summit off on a good footing after a tense build-up in which Trump and EU leaders traded threats of trade war.

G7 leaders arrive for summit in France as global disputes threaten unity

G7 leaders arrive for summit in France as global disputes threaten unity Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday even before their leaders had gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Brexit, and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron, the summit host, planned the three-day meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz as a chance to unite a group of wealthy countries that has struggled in recent years to speak with one voice. Macron set an agenda for the group - France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - that included the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and the environment.

Trump ’s comments threw another wrench into the Group of Seven gathering underway in the scenic Charlevoix region just north of the Maine border. France’s Emmanuel Macron has warned he won’t sign a joint statement unless Trump makes concessions on trade .

The European Union hopes to ease trade tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump when the leaders of the world's seven major advanced economies Separately, a Trump administration official told Reuters that Washington could agree a trade declaration in the French resort town of Biarritz with

Speaking to reporters in fluent English, Macron called Trump "a very special guest".

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort

Squabbles erupt as G7 leaders open summit in French resort Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain's exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. French President Emmanuel Macron, the summit host, planned the three-day meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz as a chance to unite a group of wealthy countries that has struggled in recent years to speak with one voice. Macron set an agenda for the group - France, Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States - that included the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and the environment.

WASHINGTON — European negotiators on Wednesday will present several ideas to the Trump administration for easing a trade clash with the United States, including forging a new deal among the world’s biggest automobile exporters.

Pre -Markets. Last week, Trump said Canada's trade policies have treated American farmers "very poorly for a long period of time." Tensions between the U.S. and many of its allies were already high after the Trump administration decided late last month to impose tariffs on imports from Canada

"We actually have a lot in common," Trump said across the table to Macron, adding that they had "been friends for a long time".

Trump: G7 summit going 'very well' despite trade tensions

Trump: G7 summit going 'very well' despite trade tensions BIARRITZ, France (AP) — President Donald Trump disputed reports Sunday that he faces a tense reception from world leaders at the Group of Seven summit in France, as they meet amid mounting anxiety of a global economic slowdown. Trump is trying to use the summit to rally global leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears rise it could soon affect the U.S. ahead of his re-election. But his counterparts, including British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are trying to convince him to back off his trade wars with China and other countries, which they see as contributing to the economic weakening. © Provided by The Associated Press U.S.

DONALD Trump ’s relationship with Emmanuel Macron is not “what it once was”, according to a senior diplomatic source who heard the US President “ranting and venting The pair met in a bid to ease the tensions arisen during the last G 7 , where they clashed on trade . According to the source, Mr Trump

TRADE . US President Donald Trump meets with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in the Rose Garden of the White House in The US and EU account for about trillion in transatlantic trade , and tensions spiked leading up to high-stakes talks on Wednesday, July 25.

Trump said that at times they "go at each other a little bit" but had a "special relationship".

The Latest: Trump expresses confidence on Brexit talks

The Latest: Trump expresses confidence on Brexit talks BIARRITZ, France (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of Seven summit. (all times local): 9:00 a.m. President Donald Trump says he has confidence in new British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to carry out Brexit talks with the European Union. Speaking to reporters during their first meeting since Johnson's elevation to the post, Trump says of Johnson and the talks: "He needs no advice. He's the right man for the job." Johnson faces what he called "tough talks" in the weeks and months ahead with the EU as they hurtle toward a no-deal exit in October. He joked to Trump that "you're on message there." © Provided by The Associated Press U.S.

French President Emmanuel Macron had labeled the summit a success before Trump 's Twitter posts, saying there was relief within the G 7 that an escalation of the trade Trump says his tariffs are meant to protect U.S. industry and workers from unfair international competition as part of his "America First"

Trump departed the White House sounding defiant on trade , vowing to confront the leaders of And Trump has done little to ease their jitters. He suggested just before touching down in Quebec that Trump was Macron 's guest at last July's Bastille Day celebrations in Paris, an honor reciprocated

The three-day Group of Seven meeting in the Atlantic seaside resort of Biarritz takes place amid sharp differences over a clutch of global issues that risk further dividing a group of countries already struggling to speak with one voice.

Summit host French President Emmanuel Macron wants the heads of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on the defence of democracy, gender equality, education and the environment, and has invited Asian, African and Latin American leaders to join them for a global push on these issues.

Iranian foreign minister makes surprise appearance at G7 summit

Iranian foreign minister makes surprise appearance at G7 summit Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flew into Biarritz in southern France for the G7 summit on Sunday in an unexpected and dramatic attempt to break a diplomatic deadlock over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme. Zarif's presence had not been announced and represented an attempt by French host Emmanuel Macron to find a way to soothe spiralling tensions between Iran and the United States. He was not expected to hold face-to-face talks with US President Donald Trump but the presence of the two men in the same place sparked hopes of a detente. "Zarif... has arrived in Biarritz...

Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the G 7 summit in Quebec (Image: Reuters). Mr Trump subsequently left the summit early, and stirred up more controversy by backing out of a joint G 7 communique aimed at defusing the burgeoning trade dispute which has seem the US impose tough

President Trump is dispatching several of his top economic advisers to China next week for high-level talks aimed at easing trade tensions , several weeks after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer will be among those on the trip, Trump said Tuesday.

However, in a bleak assessment of relations between once-united Western allies, European Council President Donald Tusk acknowledged it would be hard to find common ground, denouncing senseless disputes between G7 capitals.

This is another G7 summit which will be a difficult test of unity and solidarity of the free world and its leaders, he told reporters ahead of the Biarritz gathering.

It is increasingly difficult, for all of us, to find common language and the world needs more of our cooperation, not less, he said, adding: This may be the last moment to restore our political community.

A grim array of disputes and problems await the leaders, with a trade war between China and the United States deteriorating, European governments struggling to defuse tensions between Washington and Tehran, and global condemnation growing over illegal fires that are ravaging the Amazon rainforest.

Amazon Wildfires: G7 Leaders Agree $20m Relief Package – But Trump Was Absent

Amazon Wildfires: G7 Leaders Agree $20m Relief Package – But Trump Was Absent The leaders of the group of seven nations have agreed to provide $20 million in emergency help to stop the Amazon forest fires, President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Monday. “The reality is that for the emergency aid they especially need financing because they don’t have the funds to enable planes, fire-fighting planes to take-off,” a source told Reuters, confirming the $20 million figure (about £16 million). President Donald Trump was absent from the talks on climate change and biodiversity at a G7 leaders’ summit, with host Macron explaining that he was busy holding bilateral meetings.

French President Emanuel Macron to destroyed Donald Trump with another intense handshake at the G 7 summit. The 2018 G 7 summit is a nice opportunity for world leaders to gather and chat about important issues facing the planet. But more importantly, it's another chance for French President

Trump vs G6?

Trump’s history of pugnacity at multilateral gatherings, which brought last year’s G7 summit to an acrimonious end, means there is scant hope for substantive agreements.

Macron was exploring holding a joint news conference with Trump at the summit’s close, a French diplomatic source said, but has already decided that, to avoid another failure, there will be no final communiqué.

Trump’s fireworks at the Charlevoix summit in Canada last year prompted foreign policy analysts to dub the Group of Seven nations the G6+1.

US officials said Trump would tout his policies of tax cuts and deregulation, and press allies to follow his example to stave off problems with the global economy.

Hours before leaving for Biarritz, Trump reacted angrily to China’s move to impose retaliatory tariffs on more US goods, even saying he was ordering US companies to look at ways to close their operations in China.

Trump also took aim at France’s new tax on big-tech companies, threatening to tax French wine like they’ve never seen before. Tusk warned that the European Union would respond in kind if Washington took aim at the digital tax. China’s President Xi Jinping is not among the Asian leaders invited to the Biarritz summit.

Johnson’s world debut

Adding to the unpredictable dynamic between the G7 leaders are the new realities facing Brexit-bound Britain: dwindling influence in Europe and growing dependency on the United States.

New Prime Minister Boris Johnson will want to strike a balance between not alienating Britain’s European allies and not irritating Trump and possibly jeopardising future trade ties. Johnson and Trump will hold bilateral talks on Sunday morning.

Even so, diplomats played down the likelihood of Trump and Johnson joining hands against the rest, citing Britain’s close foreign policy alignment with Europe on issues from Iran and trade to climate change.

There won’t be a G5+2, one senior G7 diplomat said.

Johnson said ahead of the summit that Britain would not retreat from its responsibilities on the world stage after Brexit, nor sacrifice its belief in the global order.

The remarks were a riposte to those who say leaving the European Union will diminish Britain’s influence on the global stage and force a pivot towards Trump’s unorthodox and often confrontational approach to diplomacy.

The Amazon burning, the Arctic melting

Anti-G7 demonstrators kicked off a colourful protest in Hendaye on the nearby French-Spanish border but were kept away from Biarritz by more than 13,000 police officers, backed by soldiers.

The top capitalist leaders are here and we have to show them that the fight continues, said Alain Missana, 48, an electrician wearing a yellow vest symbol of anti-government demonstrations that have rattled France for months.

It’s more money for the rich and nothing for the poor. We see the Amazonian forests burning and the arctic melting.

EU leaders on Friday piled pressure on Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro over fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.

Macron said Bolsonaro had lied in playing down concerns about climate change at a G20 summit in Japan in June, and threatened to veto a trade pact between the European Union and the Mercosur bloc of South American countries.

A French diplomatic source said advisers to the G7 leaders were working on concrete initiatives to respond to the fires.

Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rainforest the lungs which produce 20 percent of our planet’s oxygen is on fire Macron tweeted in the run-up to the summit.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)

Amazon Wildfires: G7 Leaders Agree $20m Relief Package – But Trump Was Absent.
The leaders of the group of seven nations have agreed to provide $20 million in emergency help to stop the Amazon forest fires, President Emmanuel Macron of France said on Monday. “The reality is that for the emergency aid they especially need financing because they don’t have the funds to enable planes, fire-fighting planes to take-off,” a source told Reuters, confirming the $20 million figure (about £16 million). President Donald Trump was absent from the talks on climate change and biodiversity at a G7 leaders’ summit, with host Macron explaining that he was busy holding bilateral meetings.

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